Wind Damaged Headsail

Captain we have a problem here!!! During our last sailing adventure we encountered 30+ knot winds and our headsail stitching gave out. After taking it down and examining it we thought we would be in for a huge bill from the sailmaker.

Local sailors sent me to an awesome sailmaker (Advanced Sails) who was helpful and honest. He told me “no worries, simple repair that will only cost you $180”. He said it appeared that we still have 4+ years left on our headsail cover and it would be best just to restitch everything.

I also took in our custom made Code Zero for inspection and he sailmaker said it appears the sail had never been used. When we bought our sailboat we wanted to buy a Code Zero and believe it or not we found this sail buried in the bottom of a locker. SCORE!!! OH wait DOUBLE SCORE we also found an extra mainsail buried. THANK YOU former owners!! These sails are amazing Kevlar impregnated high performance off-wind sails and this find has saved us a TON of $$$$$. I can’t wait fly this asymmetric sail.

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Thank you You Tube for teaching us how to flake the sail!!

Comfort for Guests

I am always looking for a deal and I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to buy anything unless I can get a discount or deal. I found these on Craigslist for a quarter of the price for a new set. So we’ve added the Froli Sleep System to our guest stateroom. It is an amazing system that not only allows ventilation under the mattress to prevent mildew but it adds amazing comfort.

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First sewing project!

I bought a sewing machine to keep onboard s/v Sweet Escape for all kinds of canvas projects. I created my first project, our dinghy numbers required by the state.  Pretty proud of myself!! I haven’t sewed in years!!

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WWS meet-up BVI’s

Guess who going to the WWS meet-up in the BVIs in May!!! ME ME ME!! WWS stands for Women Who Sail. So far the group will have 13 sailboats all filled with women from all over the world learning to sail from one another. I will be on a 48′ Oceanis monohull with Captain Angie, an amazing woman who teaches out of Annapolis, Maryland. Thanks Holly Scott and KC Matlock from Mahalo Sailing for putting this adventure together!!

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Captain Holly made the WWS burger for the mother ship on the BVI trip! What an awesome job!!

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Playing With Our Dinghy

We decided we needed to make sure our dinghy was good to go before our cruise, we leave on Thursday, and find a place with a dinghy dock for dinner tonight. Our little dinghy has a lot of get up and go and got us over to Fish Tales where we enjoyed fish and beer during happy hour!!  We even got compliments on our little dinghy’s new chaps, although along the way we lost one set of the registration numbers that I made for the bow of the dinghy!! SH*T! I knew I should have sewed them on instead of depending on Velcro!! Oh well, we still had a beautiful evening on Tampa Bay…

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New Chaps

Our little dinghy has a new sun dress, otherwise called dinghy chaps. We wanted to protect our investment and cover the dinghy.

Note to self… Putting the chaps on while the dinghy is in the water is not wise unless you want to go into the drink!!

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