We've just received the following by text message from Stewart and Ingmar in Lanzarote: A busy day yesterday paying ransom to get the batteries released. Gave up on their delivery proposal of Tuesday, so found the warehouse and collected them. Loaded them into hire car. Drove 35km to marina and unloaded eight 40kg batteries and walked them one by ...
Just spent a freezing cold day in the marina boatyard, cleaning and polishing Brighton Belle's topsides. I'd taken over from Paul who'd arrived much earlier than me, and done some great work on the port forward section. It was about 5 Tomorrow should be better, as the gale will have abated and the sun will be shining. I'm still trying to work...
Yesterday we set about unstepping both of Brighton Belle's masts for service and rigging replacement
Brighton Belle was moved to a berth close to the road that goes over the bridge into the boat yard. The crane set up in the road and lifted Mike Stevens up to tie the slings on. Once the weight of the mast was supported by the crane, all the shrouds were disconnected at deck level and the mast was slowly lifted straight up. Brighton Belle was reluctant to let the mast go...stuck fast but after a few anxious moments and with a little work it suddenly popped and started to rise out of the deck. The mast was laid onto wooden trestles ready to be serviced and re rigged in the coming days.
Brighton Belle has been lifted into the boatyard this afternoon to have her bottom pampered. The Coppercoat finish applied last year has done a fantastic job and kept the hull really clean. Just a thin dark slime has grown.
....but as you can see, a quick pressure wash and the bottom is back to perfect again! Excellent!
Brighton Belle was relaunched after her winter layup in Brighton Marina boat yard on Saturday 30th March 2013. We had a good turnout of members to help prepare her for the travel hoist, and to deliver her back to her mooring once the boat yard staff had got her safely back in the water.
A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard through the winter to get her ready for another season's sailing. This year Brighton Belle is heading for the Bay of Biscay, as far south as La Rochelle, through June and July. She will return to the Solent in mid-August for some south coast sailing, including long weekends.