Half way through a two week cruise on our good friends' Oyster ketch, I was so chilled that another Top Tips Tuesday was the last thing on my mind as we broad reached at 6-7 knots with five sails drawing, main, mizzen, yankee, staysail and mizzen staysail. With three retired International 14 helms on board whilst we like to cruise, once a 'target' is selected, sail selection and trimming becomes extremely important and hopefully we will then overhaul them! Steering Nimrod this year is a joy as earlier Anita had brought out a leather steering wheel cover kit and recovered the wheel. It took her a tad under five hours including planning, the result speaks for itself! Yes I know Christmas is over 14 weeks away but maybe the leather steering wheel cover kit, available in two colours, is worth putting on your wishlist?
Leather Wheel Cover Kit
Had a brilliant sail Sunday night and the bonus? We just made the pub before last orders! Cast off from City Marina Newcastle 6-50pm waited five minutes for the Millennium bridge to open and then motored down the Tyne past the old Lloyds hailing station where we went head to wind, hoisted full main, bore off, unfurled genoa and settled down to a close reach to Schuuper’s home berth at the RNYC Blyth, perfect sailing conditions with 15 gusting 20, flat sea and a cloudless sky. No lobster pots were seen (makes a pleasant change) our only incident was being ‘targeted’ by some idiot shining a green laser beam over our sails off St Marys Lighthouse! I was glad that Pete’s wheel has been recovered with one of our Leather Wheel Cover Kits as in my haste to help Pete ‘escape’ the bridge I had forgotten my warm gloves!
If you want to 'pimp' your wheel cover, the Leather Wheel Cover Kit is supplied with all you need to complete the job:
- Leather strip, pre-punched holes for easy sewing
- Strong needle and waxed thread
- Step by step instructions
- Colour fast and resistant to mould
Having now ‘sorted’ the wheel why not now consider covering your guard rail/pulpit/pushpit connection with leather as well? It will help eliminate chafe, stops split pins snagging clothes or hands.