I'm still working on my winter cover and today I managed to get the reinforced plastic over the front half of the boat.
Again lots of details here including going around the mast.
If you look closely at the lhs of the next photo, you will see the forward lower stay poking through the plastic. I reinforced the plastic with tape before cutting a hole in it and undoing the stay to send it through the hole. It's sounds complicated but it's easy to do in practice.
Next I plan on running the plastic from the stern of the boat all the way forward to the bow. When I get to the mast I will split the plastic so I will have 2 layers of plastic sheeting forward of the mast.