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Starling – New Crew and New Main

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The crew arrived into Southampton to join the newly refitted Starling with a promising sense of enthusiasm and fun. After the normal safety briefs for living below decks and the same above, we enjoyed a hearty lunch before setting off for the shakedown sail to Cowes.
It was quiet on the Solent, understandably, as we hoisted a full brand new main sail before putting in two reefs systematically to check the lead of the lines. After dodging the occasional ferry we complimented a double reefed main with a stay sail which suited the conditions and our first sail together perfectly.
Despite the crisp nature of our shiny new sail we managed a reasonable flake eventually and found ourselves alongside and fast into Cowes Yacht Haven by dinner time. It’s amazing how well bonded the crew are already which bodes well ahead of a storm bound day tomorrow. The jobs list grows but in turn so do the smiles between us and I’m confident of a wonderful week ahead as we journey to Dartmouth.