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Thanks Dave B, Bob, Matt and Dave M.

My request should not be viewed as the early stages of a record attempt but simply a safety refinement.

As stated originally I have caught the clips of the continuous reefing system in the shrouds. It might produce serious consequences if the sail is prevented from changing tack.

I feel that inserting the perhaps elusive bungees in the tiga ties should not slow me down too much. As there has been no negative reaction I intend to change to this new system.

Dave M mentions ineptitude. The following links him to gross ineptitude contrasting to positive thinking. Some years ago W5811 was sitting on the sand waiting for the incoming tide. I decided to hoist the main to check that all was in order. Having started it in the mast groove by hand I heaved on the halyard which had so little friction that I sat on a side bench. I had failed to secure the bobble properly at the head of the sail and it was now swinging gently back and to about 8 feet above my head.

My attempts to remedy the situation by standing on the boom and reaching with the jibstick produced no success but merely attracted a group of amused onlookers. Up sauntered Dave M.
“Well I never!” he said. (Perhaps it was a little more forceful!!)

He organised us all to one side of the dinghy while he stood at the other. We were told to all push on the gunwale. The boat assumed an angle and the offending bobble was soon in Dave’s hand.

I am now very slightly more competent.