It’s Valentine’s Day, and a gloriously sunny day for erecting a mast. I’ve been a bit excited knowing that the crane was coming sometime this week as it meant I had a great excuse to get out the office and back down to the yard, if only for an hour or so. Two masts needed moving today, one going back on a yacht and one coming off.
I didn’t think it was going to be as straight forward as strapping the crane sling to the mast and carefully swinging it over and down onto the deck of the boat, but turns out it was just that. With the precision of the guy operating the crane, and Ruairi’s great line of sight, the masts were manoeuvred round the busy boatyard easily (clearly not their first time)… turns out pointing vigorously translates in all languages.
Both the yachts are having/had the standing rigging replaced and the furling gear serviced. The rig of a sailing yacht is fundamental to the boats performance and it’s vital that it’s kept well maintained and in good working order. The long winter months in the yard are the perfect time to do all the necessary maintenance checks and replace when necessary.
Here’s some photos I took this morning, keep an eye on our social media also as I’ll put some swingy mast videos up on there too…
We did it!! With some major grafting from the team and help from VYC friends, we managed to get the refurb done in time for Saturday’s opening. It was a busy weekend all round with the 6 Nations rugby and a 60th birthday party on Sunday. For the first time in 2019 it was great to see the place back to its usual bustling self, with beers flowing and food flying out the kitchen. To the untrained eye of the not so regulars at the club, the whole revamp may not seem so remarkable as let’s face it, who really pays that much attention to the flooring of a toilet or ever catches a glimpse behind the scenes in the kitchen. However, you only need to ask Vicky and our chef Eleni who spend a vast amount of time in the kitchen, about how much more workable and easy to use the new layout is. The handmade by Ruairi larder store with easy access to every herb, spice and condiment you could ever need is especially appreciated (saving that thought for our upcoming ‘a Taste of China’ evening…yum)
The flooring of the inside bar had tentatively been ripped up, with some reservation that it might have needed relaying. It turned out however to expose a perfectly tiled floor that neither Ruairi nor Vicky could remember the reasoning behind covering up in the first place….BONUS! With a scrub and a polish the tiles were gleaming, combined with the new lick of paint on the inside walls the whole area is lighter and brighter. Not only this, but the smaller touches like new cushion covers and updated notice board/post area have enhanced the place… the changes are subtle, but essential to the fresher feel.
Now that chapter is finished its business as usual for everyone at the club. The guys are throwing themselves back into the work down at the yard, with the sun shining more often lately and the weather feeling a little (I may have spoken too soon here) spring like, the gloves and woolly hats are slowly coming off and there’s serious threat of pasty white winterised legs making an appearance soon….watch this space.