Just a real quick weekend update
This weekend we went to Five O’Clock Somewhere Friday night, and then Saturday morning there was a town hall meeting at Heron Lake, at which Pat, as commodore of the New Mexico Sailing Club, gave a 20-minute presentation. Following the meeting there was a dedication ceremony for a new section of hiking trail built by the Friends of Heron and El Vado State Parks.
Then we took Syzygy out of the water, de-rigged, and hauled her south to Albuquerque – eventually, we plan to keep the boat at Cochti Lake for the winter, but we still haven’t solidified plans yet.
Today (Sunday), we hauled Black Magic’s trailer south to Elephant Butte. We got there shortly after Zorro did, with Blondie and another athlete who will for the time being be known as “Polka-Dot,” since that’s what she was wearing – a bikini, that is, even if it wasn’t yellow. They took off sailing on Constellation, and Tadpole and I followed shortly thereafter, although under jib only since the console and the cable to which the mainsheet attaches are now no longer attached to the boat, while Pat brought the trailer around to a boat ramp that still has a mast crane – the (mis-) managers of the lake’s southernmost marina have persuaded the State Parks people to remove the crane at the boat ramp closest to where Black Magic lives.
While we were sailing – under near-perfect conditions, winds generally 10-12 knots and relatively steady for the desert, and nice sunshine, that left me wishing I could get the main up and really sail – we saw Zorro and crew as well as another club member on a J/22. Tadpole grabbed the camera to get a couple of shots of Blondie and Polka-Dot on the aft deck of Constellation.
We hauled out and de-rigged. One of the Etchells sailors from the Rio Grande Sailing Club has had experience getting major work done on his boat floor, and he knows a fiberglass guy in El Paso who can remount our center console much more solidly than it was mounted in the first place. We’re planning to get Black Magic down to El Paso as soon as possible to get the work done, so we can get back into the water quickly.