Quite a few are still looking for my articles about rigging sailing dinghies. It’s the new season, and some of us have already taken to the sea seven or eight times this year. It has been a late spring, and my heart goes out to those who are still having snow. The spring here is still cool, but the weather is pleasant except in the more inland parts of Europe.
To those of you who are sailors, I wish you luck (and skill) in rigging your boats and sailing them. If you have questions that I could help you with, please let me know via the combox. Most of it is either right or wrong for each type of boat, but there are ways of getting around problems or jury-rigging when things really do go wrong.
Remember to observe safety at sea, and don’t take risks! It’s not worth it. Always wear your life jacket and take a mobile phone or a portable VHF with you – or both. Take an anchor especially if the wind is coming from the coast and blowing out to sea. It will save your life if your mast comes down! Check the weather and tides beforehand and let your nearest and dearest know you’re going sailing, fishing or whatever. Remember the sea is always stronger than we are!