The reefing lines are now working well with new blocks in the boom. This means that if we need to reduce our sail area due to high winds, then it can all be done from the cockpit safely.
We have also had the main sail valeted so it’s nice and clean for our trip. Haven’t had the bill yet but Flew Sails in Portsmouth Harbour are usually very reasonable. We attached the main sail back onto the boom and the mast yesterday in record time – less than 3 hours so very pleased with ourselves. This particular job always takes so much longer than you would think so it was good to do it in bright sunshine and relatively light winds.