Fourteen months ago, I bought a spinnaker and threatened the sailing world with some blistering downwind speeds. I huffed and I puffed and I thought about it and I put the spinnaker in its pretty little bag and set it in the garage. And I kept sailing jib and main.
Why? Because I don't have a spinnaker halyard. And I don't want to go up the mast.
Then, about a month ago a storm broke my windex (or maybe it was a seagull or a meteorite, I really don't know). Then last week, my topping lift broke. That's three reasons to go up the mast now, just about the critical amount to set me into action. Actually, it's the topping lift only but at least I'm finally springing into action.
So today, I called Mauri Pro Sailing and ordered my "Downwind Adventure Kit". And next non-stormy Saturday, I'm climbing the freakin' mast. And installing a spinnaker halyard, a new windex, and a new topping lift. While up there I'm going to check on all the standing rigging, replace my anchor light, and enjoy the view.
And then hope somebody will help me down so we can get on with the off-wind sailing.