What a place, what people? There is not much time before I get ready to head off tonight for Falmouth on the next leg of Solo Round Britain, so, the Poole update is a list of events that will give a flavour of my time here in this wonderful place.
Tuesday: Van over to Banks Sails to collect the wounded mainsail. Met Daryl the ace man and he showed me the fix he had ‘engineered’ to the head of the sail. Darryl refused to take anything for the fix!
Back at the boat and attempted to strip jib off headsail but the split in foil would not allow sail to slide down so it was up the mast and dropped the whole sail furled on the forestay. Connections, connections through Daryl brought Harry James into play and Harry was on the case and agreed to come over on Wednesday to look at things.
John Binder of Poole Boat Quay Haven could not have been more accommodating with complimentary berthing and just being on hand to help with anything. What people!
Evening and few beers and plan for the busy following next day.
Wednesday: We unfurled the jib to reveal the damage to the foil and Harry and Les arrived on site. The big bonus was that the sail was intact! After a quick assessment it was clear the original assembly by a rigger in inverness (no names) was short on what was required. Harry and Les broke down the whole Harken foiling system and rebuilt it from scratch. During this it was found that the forestay was kinked and required replacing and it was vanned over that afternoon.
Jenna and Jodie from Globaltelesat, sponsors of the Sat Phone came to check out some technical glitches and it as good to meet Jenna having been in email contact for so many months.
Meanwhile old mainsails was stripped off boat and readied for our van. So, on the pontoon we had a forestay and furled being assembled, a rolled carbon jib ready to go back up, a repaired new mainsail and the old sail ready for the van. Di brought me the most stunning lemon drizzle cake. A boat without a decent cake is not worth sailing on!
At 17.15 we had to go, there was a 10K to run. At 7.05 just as Andy Murray was finishing off his challenger we were off with the Wessex Hash House Harriers for a thoroughly entertaining run. 10k done it was into the Old Bush Pub for some beers and a curry. Thanks to Mr Beaky and all the Wessex 3H for being so friendly and welcoming us. Thanks also to David from the local Parkinson’s’ branch for coming along and giving me a Parkinson’s’ UK T shirt to run in. What a great bunch and as per tradition in a has I did not escape a down -down
Donna, Ed and I cleared off at 10 and when we arrived back at Trade Winds to find that Daryl had been on site and amended his rebuild after conversation with Harry.
Thursday; up the mast to reload the new forestay and furled kit and then rig the jib and rig the mainsail to the boom and fit to mast. Many thanks to Dave and Di who came up with a prop to help with the hoist. Jobs almost done, then it was time for Donna and Ed to head for Falmouth. Easy lunch aboard, final passage planning and rest before the next leg.
Poole has been a revelation; stunning place I only wish I had time to explore, great service levels in pubs and cafes and above all people who are just so helpful and supportive of Solo Round Britain. Last big thanks to John Binder for his complimentary berthing of Trade Winds in ‘high season’.
And one further moment to treasure. Rodney Pattisson, double Olympic Gold medallist; 1968. 72, Silver medallist 76 and four times world champion – and boyhood hero came to visit Trade Winds. He imported her and was her first UK owner!
The visit cannot miss out John Binge. A lovely old gent who takes photos in and around the Quay. John took shots and then very kindly gave me a canvas print of Trade Winds in Poole. Now that will have pride of place when I get home. Thank you John!