Mast up and almost ready for launching
With the assistance of Darren and Marcus the mast went up with no snags using a pole and the trailer winch at around 1000 so by around 1500 all that was left to do was wait for the tide.
Back to the water
1800 and it's launch time at last. I don't know why but I always find launching a little nerve racking, silly really as we've never had any problems especially when we have Darren around with his gimp suit on.
The gimp suit gets it bi-annual airing
Despite an excellent demonstration in how not to recover a fishing boat which was being given by another user of the slip everything went like clockwork and we were off down the river to the pontoon in no time. The only disappointment was that we didn't have enough time on the tide to get out for a sail.
Safely on the pontoon and ready for the rest of the season
Well given the fact that that we had missed the tide there was only one thing left to do. Head for the bar to celebrate a successful launch? It would have been wrong not to wouldn't it.
If the devil should cast his net