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Took out the Dutchman yesterday up at Queen mary - was blowing a good 4/5 and not too gusty.
We were going like stink and even keeping up with some of the windsurfers!
After a good 40 mins, part of the furling gear at the bottom of the genny snapped and suddenly went horizontal from the top of the mast! Turns out the rod that snapped was made from aluminium and was completely not up to the job. I also discovered after examining the damage, the bridle bracket that holds the forestay must have taken such a massive shock, it had snapped the top section of the bridle. Anyway- i have now repaired the forestay so the mast wont fall down in these gales and am trying to get some stainless to make up a new section for the furler. Not least buy another quality pre-enjoyed genoa as the one it had is now in shreds after having a row with the spreaders.

Hope everyone had a better weekend than me!!

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