A Day in the Life of Linda

Thought for a special treat I would just let you hang out with me for a day.

Up at 5:45 to shower (a good hot one!)!!!, eat breakfast and walk down to boat to prepare to slip lines at 7am to take boat to Sydney City Marine to pull boat for Anti-Fouling and other needed work on deck.

Pass the Sydney Opera House, under the Famous Sydney bridge that one can climb.

Once we arrived near our destination, we had to do some fast work on board to prepare to go in.  Mainsail off the boom and onto the deck.  A little more work on getting backstays in correct position.  Fenders  and mooring lines in place.  Ready to back into the loading area.  That was a real treat as there was a bridge directly ahead that was not tall enough for our boat to go under so we had to maneuver carefully.  Glad I was not the driver.

Big equipment to hoist the boat.

Big equipment to hoist the boat.

A bit different than hoisting a J22

A bit different than hoisting a J22

Matt and Tony getting the suntan lotion on prior to work.

Matt and Tony getting the suntan lotion on prior to work.

Boat moving to position.

Boat moving to position after bottom power washed.

While boat was power washed and moved to position we had to wait quietly for an induction on the grounds and what we were to do or not to do.

Once boat was in place work began with inspection of bottom.

Definitely some work to be done.

Definitely some work to be done.

All 12 boats were on a rotating schedule to be pulled Anan Anti-Fouling redone.  Of course we thought real pros were going to do it but no, we paid to learn how to do the work.  Amazing, but everyone was excited to do something new and learn.  I checked out the bottom and then was moved to the top to do work so I didn’t get to wear one of the white suits.

Drilling holes in the leather chafe for the spreaders.

Drilling holes in the leather chafe for the spreaders.

It really is me!

It really is me! And no holes were made in the deck.

I am to go up the mast, replace one of the leather chafes(protects the sails from developing wear and tear if rubbed against the spreaders) after it soaks for 24 hours.  Next had to clean a bucket and get all diesel residue out before soaking leather.  This is going to be interesting figuring out how to mold the leather into the correct position.  Guess I will just look at the others and copy!

The a bit of hack sawing to make a new batten (long piece of fiberglass that goes into the sail to help give it shape to go fast)

Then a bit of hack sawing to make a new batten (long piece of fiberglass that goes into the mainsail to help give it shape to go fast)

Then I got to drill holes in the new batten to run line down it in order to be able to pull it out when needed.  Once the line was run then it was tape the batten with black tape to reinforce it.  Did most of it and then played Tom Sawyer and Elaine and Regina finished it up for me so I could move to next project.

Elaine and Regina hard at work??

Elaine and Regina hard at work??

Then checked the mainsail sliders (those parts that slide up the mast to hold the mainsail on) and found that 8 needed replacing.  Yuk! That will be a tomorrow job.

At this point it was already 3:30 so got a cab and returned to Cruising Yacht Club if Australia to check and see if the Clipper container had some materials that we needed for tomorrow’s jobs.  Since they did not have needed items went to Chandlery next door and got some of the items there.  Then to bar to meet up with rest of crew.  After that hike up the hills to house and then a nice hot shower.  Relax a few minutes and then to crew pizza party given by Tom and Telemed.  Satisfied after dinner, it was to the grocery store and then home!

Don’t you wish your day was like mine?

Merry Christmas soon!  It is totally summer here and fun to see some Santa hats and Christmas declarations everywhere on such beautiful days.

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5 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of Linda

  1. No, Linda, I’ll pass on my day being just like yours. However, I am thrilled to watch you doing your day…your way!! Keep up the good work…and again Merry Christmas and Happy 2016 to you and your fellow crew members…Sharon and John

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