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sail repaired - sailed very well.
My sweet wife was able to glue, tape and stitch our mainsail and on sat. the 25th of august our family set sail for our second trip out dealing with our learning curves and enjoying the fulfilling dream of enjoying some water, some sky and some winds. At first, there was not much wind, so we were not able to get underway right off the bat. The winds gradually picked up, and pretty soon we were heeling over at a comfortable degree and moving at a decent little clip.
We were able to experiment with varying tempos of coming about - which we found to hold no end of entertainment. Everyone in our family agrees that we like to come about rather quickly, as this made our genoa happier to transfer to the different tacks.
When we got ready to go back into the harbour, putting the bow into the wind made the mainsail much easier to handle, so our mainsail should last just fine! We had seen other boats come in and just haul down the main in the marina regardless of wind direction, but we've learned that must be for the advanced and not for novices. I thought you kind people would enjoy a follow up report on our unfortunate incident we wrote about some weeks back. Our rip in the main was not the end of the world we thought it was, we are now repaired, wiser, and have had a splendid sail recently despite the little setback.