Prototype, for sail bag zipper device.

While at the Seattle boat show, few weeks ago, we came across a Tartan with a simple system to open effortlessly the sail bag! You see, the idea of climbing up on the bimini in any kind of weather, doesn’t appeal to us. Why? you may wonder, it is a fun exercise and will keep you young! We agree with you, but falling or having a foot go through the sumbrella is not our idea of a “crazy fun time”anymore. We are growing old and wiser, we hear it every day from your teenager Thank you!!.


Two cheap pulleys and some butcher string (a lot cheaper to accurately measure the preferred length), made for a working prototype. We discovered, by putting one side of the line on the outside of the lazy jack, it save the tangling. We will even use one of the spare pulleys on the back of the boom. Wow! this could be one of the cheapest projects, and will allow us to save lots of trouble.

So I splurged today on 38Ft of 3/16 polyester line, and we will set it up for good soon. We will report when we are done!

Enough work for today, the South Orkney Island will be destination 42nd. One place we have not to worry, we will never visit or something will have gone really wrong.

The South Orkney Islands are a group of islands in the Southern Ocean, about 604 kilometres (375 mi) north-east of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The islands have been part of the British Antarctic Territory since 1962 (previously they were a Falkland Islands Dependency), and the British Antarctic Survey operates a base on Signy Island. The islands are also claimed by Argentina as part of the province of Tierra del Fuego, and the Argentine Navy has maintained a permanent base on Laurie Island since 1904. Apart from base personnel, there are no inhabitants. Under the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, the Islands’ sovereignty is neither recognized nor disputed by the signatories and they are open to any signatory for non-military use.

The South Orkney Islands were discovered in 1821 by two sealers, Nathaniel Brown Palmer and George Powell. The Islands were originally named Powell’s Group, with the main island named Coronation Island as it was the year of the coronation of King George IV. In 1823, James Weddell visited the Islands, gave the archipelago its present name (after the Orkney Islands, Scotland) and also renamed some of the islands. The South Orkney Islands are located at roughly the same latitude south as the Orkney Islands are north (60°S vs 59°N), although it is not known if this was a factor behind the naming of the islands.

Subsequently, the Islands were frequently visited by sealers and whalers, but no thorough survey was done until the expedition of William Speirs Bruce on the Scotia in 1903, which overwintered at Laurie Island. Bruce surveyed the islands, reverted some of Weddell’s name changes, and established a meteorological station, which was sold to the Argentinean Government upon his departure in 1904. This base, renamed Orcadas in 1951, is still in operation today[update] and is thus the oldest research station continuously staffed in the Antarctic.

In 1908, the United Kingdom declared sovereignty over various Antarctic and South American territories “to the south of the 50th parallel of south latitude, and lying between the 20th and the 80th degrees of west longitude”, including the South Orkney Islands.[2] The Islands were subsequently administered as part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. A biological research station on Signy Island was built in 1947 by the British Antarctic Survey. In 1962, the islands became part of the newly established British Antarctic Territory.

The Argentinean claim to the islands dates from 1925. It was originally justified by the Argentinean occupation of the Laurie Island base and later subsumed into a wider territorial claim.