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Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Cookie Cutter / Wyndspree
Peterson 36 Cutter / Huntingford 53 Ketch
December 21st, 2015

Fifteen members from VI Fleet participated in an evening session at UK Sails in Sidney on December 2nd. Stuart Dahlgren explained what to look for in assessing the condition of sails; showed how to attach mainsail slides and re-attach a leech ring; suggested essential contents for an offshore sail repair kit; and responded to many questions from the participants.

Fleet members found the session very informative, and everyone had a chance to practice attaching slides to a mainsail. We greatly appreciate Stuart and his staff sharing their expertise and advice with the fleet.

Fleet members practiced their sail repair skills.

Fleet members practiced their sail repair skills.

On a very blustery Saturday, December 5th, fourteen engaged individuals from the Vancouver Island Fleet group gathered at the Delta Marine Rigging shop to learn all they could from Serge Gabilondo about inspection, maintenance, and emergency repairs to their sailboat rigging.

Serge Gabilondo of Delta Marine Rigging discussed inspection, maintenance, and emergency repairs to sailboat rigging.

Serge Gabilondo of Delta Marine Rigging discussed inspection, maintenance, and emergency repairs to sailboat rigging.

The session maintained everyone’s interest from 9 AM until 1:30 PM, and probably could have continued for longer if the rain wasn’t coming down horizontally while everyone was looking at the standing rigging of boats at the docks. Great thanks go to Serge who, once again, handled this topic very well and ensured this group of sailors was much better informed about rigging for offshore.

In blustery rain, Fleet members learned how to inspect standing rigging.

In blustery rain, Fleet members learned how to inspect standing rigging.

At our regular Fleet meeting on Dec 9th, Al Kitchen gave an excellent presentation on basic DC electrical systems, including maintenance, troubleshooting, and power budgets.  Fleet activities resume in the new year with a talk on offshore boat and medical insurance on January 13th, and a session on January 27th on battery types and monitoring, and alternative power sources.

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