During a big wind
storm, the shackle attaching my main halyard
to the sail came loose. The wind
was gusting to 100 km/hr (about 55 knots) and the line and the shackle was flying out at almost 90 degrees, wrapping itself around my neighbours' shrouds. I shortened the halyard
to prevent it hitting the other boat and went below.
In the morning it was wrapped around my back stay about 7 metres (20 feet) up. My marina charges $150 to take down a mast
. Any ideas about how I can retrieve the shackle myself?
Nothing involving bosun's chairs please, I'm 70 and have issues with heights.