BOSUN'S BAG
Classic Boat|August 2020
BOSUN'S BAG
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR THE TRADITIONAL BOATER
TOM CUNLIFFE, ILLUSTRATION - MARTYN MACKRILL

MARTYN MACKRILL Son of a marine engineer and grandson of a trawlerman, Martyn is Honorary Painter of the Royal Thames Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron. His depictions of classic boats, from clinker rowing boats to Edwardian schooners, have made him one of the most sought-after marine artists, and his work forms part of major collections worldwide. He and his wife, Bryony, sail the restored 1910 ga“ cutter Nightfall (CB328).

REEFING

Reefing the mainsail at sea ought to be routine for any sailor. The essential technique is the same whether you’re on a 2020 state-of-the-art yacht or an 1895 fishing smack. Leaving out luggers, roller reefing booms and, perish the thought, in-mast systems, the order of service goes like this:

Set up a topping lift • Ease the luff down with the halyard and secure the tack reef cringle

• Harden the halyard again

• Bring the corresponding clew cringle down to the boom and secure it

• Tie in the reef points • Let the sail take the weight and off you go

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August 2020