Mutterings from the crew as Shamrock's masts and rigging blocks maintenance plan is changed once again. The idea of using linseed oil as been dropped, looks good on application but starts to look black after a couple of months and it's back to using varnish. Both masts have now had there tops painted white and the remainder has had one coat of 50/50 white spirit varnish mix, along with all the rigging blocks. Due to the cold weather this will require a few days to dry before the next coat of the 50/50 varnish mix is applied. With both masts lying alongside one another you can really see the difference in colour between the pitch pine main mast and the Oregon pine mizzen mast.