The main starts to draw
Recovering the inflatable was not as smooth as I had hoped. I’d miscalculated on a fundamental issue and forgotten how much harder this would be underway. I’d also planned the recovery in such a way that we couldn’t easily use the winch to assist. Both were valuable lessons but I also had the distinct impression that my mistakes were the subject of close scrutiny by the more experienced members of the crew, particularly if I hadn’t supported their particular preference in how to tie off a cleat!!
The decision not to sail on Sunday might be regarded as over cautious but on balance I think it was the right call. Two of my previously articulated maxims are “always have contingency” and “listen to your doubts”. Successful risk management is in part about weighing risks and benefits. Swan and I are still in our work up phase for the season and I know that not everything is yet as it should be, that includes my state of preparedness and hers; better to conduct alongside training then court an epic . . . .!!