This first weekend in March was filled with sunshine in this corner of North Wales. Joined by long-time sailing and diving buddy, John Kingsley, motoring down the estuary was a lovely beginning to the day. We were heading down the bay along Morfa Harlech to Shell Island. Our aim was to catch the high tide and nose up the creek. However, the breeze had other ideas and after spending some time bobbing on a flat calm sea, we we forced to start the engine and motor. However, there was still enough water to follow the withies to Pensarn and moor at the stone quay for lunch.
With a falling tide, it could not be a long stop, and we were soon motoring back down to the narrow mouth. The wind was still little more than a few gusts, so more motoring was called for, though it was very pleasant drifting in the sun. However, the wind filled in eventually and we were having a lovely close reach on genoa, staysail and mainsail. However, this was sadly short lived as, without warning, the turning block for the two main halyards parted company from the deck! Not as dramatic as I would have thought, but the boom settled pretty quickly on the gunwale. The main was quickly flaked and the rest of the approach completed on genoa. Not even this addition to the to-do list could dampen enjoyment of such a good day on the water.