Somebody else up my stick.

Sounds like a dirty joke? Well, even *V* was happy about it. What on earth are you talking about what *L*? That’s a strange proposition.

Okay for safety purpose that was… we had a rigger, as we had noticed during a vigorous Spring sail a noodle effect on the leeward shroud. Before an offshore it seemed like a smart idea and it encouraged us to get a good old rigging inspection.

Few weeks back, we had successfully re-tightened the shrouds to stop any shock load.

Though it is reasonable to ensure that a professional reviews some of the most under-appreciated piece of the puzzle on a boat, the high and lonely cap shroud before a departure offshore. During my last couple of visit aloft, I had only made two observations and they were at deck level. For the rest I couldn’t notice any abnormality, what would a pro find out?

After a few email exchange we were finally able to arrange our meeting unfortunately without the parts… They are nowhere to be found at this point! Nonetheless up the mast he went.

Observations,results? A clevis pin bent backward only 5 degrees and two screws on under belly of the spreader not taped. At this point and in our opinion if a rigger who spends more time up the mast than most would admit, and finds everything else in good shape we are confident that our sails will be able to propel us for another few more years. Now lets just hope we can source this T fitting and turnbuckle.

As the picture shows, it was not hard to figure out something was wrong…

What about theTiki face?… While up mid mast we ensured that our light reflector sticker got installed. This should help us find our boat on a dark night, in an anchorage maybe a little easier. We will let you know if it works soon hopefully.