So, help you out there. I need to get bigger wheels for my little trailer, like 10 or 12 inch. Trouble is the axles on the trailer have a larger diameter than any of the wheels available on Okinawa. I need a wheel that has a bearing size of about 3 cm diameter.
If anyone has any ideas on how to procure such wheels, they will have my eternal gratitude. Anyway, today is Saturday and I go sailing! Before I set off, I do various little jobs around the boat. I re-rig the main sheet and glue covers on the mysterious holes in the cockpit. I also rub dubbing into the oar leathers.
The wind is fairly strong so I put in a reef. I swoop off to practice manoeuvres. This such fun. There is a channel through the reef, er, reef like as in big bank of coral rather than as in sail reduction. It is not easy to navigate as it zig zags. I am very conscious, after a year of sailing, that efficient sailing down this channel in heavy weather can make the difference between happiness and joy rather than misery and pain. I practice this entry several times and obligingly the wind freshens and starts to blow straight onshore, giving different parameters for the approach. It is a wonderful trip, especially after I shake out the reef. I manage to sail straight back onto the mooring- always satisfying. Although it is only April, I am in shorts and t-shirt. So much fun to be had as the Summer approaches. I must remember to wear a hat. Here is a poor video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ55K8ZTe2s I plan to go for an evening sail but alas the low tide makes this impossible.