Wildcat – “Don’t you love happy endings?”

We are no longer Clewless ! Well, Jan says that I am clueless when it comes to women, but that is different topic.

Those of you with good memories will recall that we blew out the clew on our mainsail during a rocky passage from Antigua to St Martin. The main weighs 350# with battens and would be a SOB to take off and cart into the sail loft.So we sailed an extra 100 miles to dock at the Doyle Sail loft in Road Harbour, BVI. Sail maker and Magician, Bob Phillips brought the big sewing machine over in a pickup truck, which he backed up to the pier. We used the main halyard to pick up the heavy machine and swing it onto the hardtop, dragging two guys across the pier in a valiant effort to keep the machine from crashing into the boat, or the water. Some how we got it on the hardtop. And the hardtop did not collapse under the weight of the machine and two men.

Two of his sail makers made repairs onboard. Three hours later, we were no longer clewless.

Much thanks to Bob Phillips at Doyle Sails for making this happen.

Don’t you love happy endings?

George and Jan Todd