It wasn't the cakewalk I had thought it was going to be - getting the lites up there without tangling, without knocking the covers off of the LED's (OK, one went into the water, and Jane reports that they don't float) was not easy at all.
First, tho I had planned to put up one string, then attach the second, and then attach the third, it didn't work out that way. It turned out that I had to deal with the whole 100' of twisted Christmas lites all in one go. Not only did they desperately want to tangle with themselves, they also reached out and grabbed onto anything they touched.
Eolian is a ketch - why not stretch the lites over the whole rig? The plan was to have the lites go up the forestay to the top of the mainmast, across to the top of the mizzenmast, and then down the topping lift to the aft end of the mizzen boom. Conceptually simple, but tricky to execute. The hardest part was getting the lite string around the ends of the spreaders.
But they're up, and they look great! Indeed, they are the deep, DEEP blue, the blue that you can't quite focus your eyes on. And strung over Eolian's spars they make an impressive display!
Now if only they'll survive until Christmas.