your halyards should have a messenger eye.
For your situation, since it seems that maybe you don't have messenger eyes, is to sew a loop of waxed thread into the bitter end of the halyard.
Mine get a little fancy with taking out 6 inches of core from the end, the core to the cover, then make an eye>
Poke needle about 1/2 inch from the end of the halyard cover with about 2' of double waxed thread with a knot in the end.
Pull the thread through till the knot stops the thread.
Come around and make a loop that's about 1' and pass the thread about 3 times making the loop with 6 strands, then make another loop pass but this time make the needle go around the 6 strands in one direction with an occasional needle pass through the 6 strand loop,
then make another loop pass with the needle going the opposite radial direction where you end up with what looks like a braided bit of small stuff.
Then tie your messenger line to the halyard tail and pull it through.
Then do the same thing to your other halyard and get on with business.
Next halyard you replace go with Dynema and replace the sheave. Those wire halyards aren't good for mast paint and meat hooks.
But the splices are fun to make.
Anyone know what this boat is? Just curious, not on the PHRF valid list. Naval Academy boat -90
I think they used to have an old gray swan 50 something named Connie.. but thought that boat went away.. doubt it would rate -90 now either.
That would be for the Judel Vrolijk (nee Stay Calm II, then RIO) the USNA Saiing Foundation got last December. Boatyard hold-up and the crew prepping for sailing J80's for the Student Yachting World Cup excluded that boat from doing the regatta.
Constellation will be relaunched in the spring of '14.