Wgtn Harbour Sailing & Raft-up – Sunday 29 December

Crew: Geoff, Ken, Grant, Lorna, Murray.

Forecast: Northerly 10 knots, rising to 15 knots this morning, to 20 knots gusting 30 knots early afternoon, and to 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the evening. Sea becoming rough in the evening. Fine apart from morning cloud.
Departed Chaffers at 1117 hrs and after hoisting the Mainsail and No. 2 Jib we tacked up the the harbour with Grant on helm, Lorna on mainsheet, Geoff, Murray and Ken on trimming. At about the Korokoro buoy we turned downwind and did some Spinnaker practice with the medium kite. First hoisted on a port tack then did a spinnaker gybe to starboard tack. Then a second gybe back to port tack. We then dowsed the spinnaker and stowed into the front hatch, keeping the sheets and halyard connected. We then hoisted the spinnaker again (successfully) directly from the front hatch.
We then contacted Temptation for a raft-up location and as the wind was increasing to over 20 kts we put in the first reef in the main and later the second reef.
Had a nice raft-up and lunch break with Temptation then sailed with Ken on helm back to Chaffers with No. 3 jib and 2 reefs in the main coping well with the 20 to 25 kts gusting over 30 kts.
Docked Halo back at Chaffers at 1615 hrs.
RaceQs Action Replay: http://raceQs.com/event/1015970

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