Sailing Passing Cloud
Tansy and her favourite photographer helped out with sailing the schooner Passing Cloud when they weren’t just gawking at the scenery or sharing their archaeological expertise with the passengers. Tansy was detailed to inspect the smaller bits of rigging as she has a keen eye for making sure the smallest things are in their right place and in good order.
As you can see she was very thorough in her inspections, making sure everything was ready in advance of raising sail.
She helped with the lines, which in her mind are similar, though much larger, than the sewing threads that all the Quimper Hittys are so familiar with.
The foresail was frequently raised as it helped stabilize the boat even when motoring to give the passengers a more comfortable ride.
While underway, Tansy would occasionally check the details to make sure all was well.
Tansy was very pleased when it was possible to raise more than one sail at a time, though there was always concern for the passengers comfort so raising all the sails was a rare event.
Tansy does not mind though as even with just these two sails raised in a brisk wind the Passing Cloud was exceeding 9 knots which is faster than the engine can manage. However, she very much would have liked to voyage with the Passing Cloud during the years she spent sailing the South Pacific.
Below is a video of the Passing Cloud sailing in Juan Perez Sound in Gwaii Haanas. Click on the image to launch the video.
At the end of the day Tansy would inspect the furled sails to make sure nothing would come astray in the evening. This includes an inspection of the Lazy Jacks to make sure they are ready to guide the sails up and, more importantly, down during the next day of sailing.
Tansy completed her evening preparations by ensuring the sails were well secured to the booms, and discussed with captain Matt any details from the day that she thought he might want to know about.
A day under sail was always invigorating and Tansy knew she would sleep well on these nights. She has never slept better than when she is aboard a wood boat, sharing wooden dreams with the hull, deck and masts.