Postcards

Bonobo: the fish of the Pacific

Published on 01 february 2016 at 0h00

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There isn’t much wind. Amongst countless squalls, we are sailing under genoa alone. Of course, it would be better with the gennaker, but yesterday it was badly rolled; the top of the sail has rolled in the opposite direction to the bottom, whilst the upper section has twisted round and round. With this damned swell on the beam still, we hoist the rolled gennaker (after having rolled the genoa and started the engines, just in case). But it unrolls partially, and because it catches the wind, risks tearing. Quick, we must re-furl it, the Captain gets worked up on deck and shouts at the top of his voice, “quick, quick...here...there, no, there", what shall we do? First of all, it has to be protected from the wind! So, we roll the sheet to prevent the sail from catching the wind to hoist it again, and we just have to hope that this will work! On the second attempt, the Captain decides that he is going to hoist it. “You’re much too slow!” but phew, the wind has dropped. “Quick, quick, let’s unroll it!” Go and put the sheet on the winch, let’s go!” The Captain unrolls, I run to the stern to sheet in, and at the ...

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