Miranda Merron on the GOR: Trip aloft

Miranda Merron on the GOR: Trip aloft

Sunday October 23 2011 Author: Miranda Merron Location: none selected

It has been a trying week on Campagne de France, with a variety of technical issues diverting time and energy away from racing.

One such minor issue was the demise of the spare wind wand. It had clearly had enough of the hammering it has been taking at the top of the mast, and by yesterday morning, it was hanging conveniently tucked between the mast and main halyard, meaning that someone was going to have to go to the top of the mast if we wanted to put more sail up. It had been far too rough to consider over the previous couple of days. We waited until nearly sunset when the sea state had improved somewhat, though still bouncing around in waves, and difficult to stand without holding on. So you can imagine what the motion at the top of the mast some 19 metres above the water was like.

Halvard winched me to the top of the rig, which was kind of him, because climbing was out of the question. It required all 4 limbs to hold on, while using one or both hands to work on the masthead.

My favourite racing hat got flung off and finished its racing days in the South Atlantic. The view from the top was spectacular though, and no, did not have a camera, not really the conditions for photography. Some other time. Body feeling fairly battered today.

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