I took Fly out for an early walk along the cliffs then home for breakfast of coffee and eggs. The harbour was a peaceful idyll with few people around and the sun slowly starting to bring some warmth to the autumnal air. It has been a lovely weekend but the weather forecast is showing strong north easterly winds with a swell developing out at sea. Beyond the breakwater is the North Sea and eventually Denmark so there is plenty of room for the waves to build.
The sailing season is nearly over in Dunbar so I decided it was time to drop the mast on the Heron and get her ready for coming out onto the hard standing.
With the boom and mainsail removed I let the jib fly for the last time before taking it off the furler.
Half an hour and sails are stowed below with the mast, furler and rigging lashed on deck.
This is the reason why I took the mast down.With the little motor putt-putting away I sailed under the bridge and through to the Cromwell harbour. The safest mooring I could find was rafted up along side a small creel boat which shouldn't be moving over the next few days.