Tag: rigging

 

Pilgrim steel splicing
Pilgrim volunteers learning to splice steel rigging wire

A group of Pilgrim volunteers have been learning how to splice wire. Passing on specialist skills is vital to keeping Pilgrim is good order for the future. Today we were privileged to have retired local rigger Jacky Warren showing three of our volunteers how to eye-splice steel wire. It’s not for the feint-hearted, but hopefully now Neil, John and Mark will be ready to tackle it for themselves when required.

 

Pilgrim steel splicing
Pilgrim volunteers Neil, John and Mark with Jacky at the half way stage.

Our volunteer team are now entering the final hectic few weeks of our winter refit activity. They are getting Pilgrim ready for cruising at Easter. There is still a lot to do but this training will just broaden the expertise we have in the team. We never cease to be amazed how many different skills our volunteers bring onboard and that is crucial to our ability to keep Pilgrim sailing.

 

After a stunning summer and a hectic sailing season our skipper and volunteers have been derigging Pilgrim for winter maintenance over the last couple of days. We’ve been really lucky with the weather.

De-rig involves taking down the working rigging and all the blocks so that everything can be checked, maintained and replaced as needed. We will transfer the rigging to our workshop so our volunteers can get on with the maintenance work whatever the weather.

PilgrimofBrixhamBM45
Pilgrim’s Skipper Brendan up the mizzen mast for de-rig

The wooden spars will be lowered into the water and floated across the harbour in Brixham to the Old Fish Quay. That’s where we do any necessary maintenance and treatment under cover. During the colder winter months we very much appreciate the adjacent coffee shop as well!

Today, we were also delighted to welcome National Historic Ships Director Hannah Cunliffe and their Shipshape Network Coordinator Victoria Wallworth on board. They were visiting the members of the National Historic Fleet in Brixham. Their visit gave us the opportunity to bring them up to speed on Pilgrim’s activities and the issues we are tackling. It was good for us to hear more about the national programmes being delivered for heritage vessels around the UK.

PilgrimofBrixhamBM45
Guests from National Historic Ships on board Pilgrim with some of our volunteers

Next week Pilgrim goes ‘on the beach’ to dry out against the harbour wall in Brixham for a ‘below the waterline inspection’ so we can see what maintenance work needs to be scheduled over the winter months.