My wife and I have an agreement; since she has established quite clearly that she does not enjoy sailing when the wind is expected to blow above 12-15 knots, on those days - she spends time at the marina with her friends while I take the boat out without her.
This past weekend was one of those times when she chose to hang by the pool. No other crew were available, so on Saturday, I went out solo for a few hours and had a great time.
By 9:30 am, I left the marina under full sail with winds out of the south-southwest at 8-10 knots. I was beating for 8 miles averaging 5 knots, three tacks from Portsmouth to the Newport Bridge, where I came about for a downwind run back north - wing 'n wing most of the way. Left the helm to Otto for a while, made myself a sandwich and took it easy.
By the time I reached Dyer Island around 1:00 pm, the wind started to kick to about 18 knots - so decided to continue north, past the marina entrance and into the upper Bay. This was the best sailing I've had with True Blue, since the only restraint was my own limitations.
I took several videos on that day's sail with my Olympus Camedia and attempted to stitch them together using Roxio Creator 7 (very frustrating software). Unfortunately as I entered the upper Bay, by Bristol and North Prudence Island, the winds kicked to 24-26 knots - couldn't sail and take movies at the same time.
This video however, captures some of the calmer episodes. Beginning chronologically and ending just before the excitement really began. It's amateurish, kinda long at 7.5 minutes, but includes an interior walk-through during the calm sail to Newport while on autopilot. I also had to seriously reduce the quality to fit on YouTube.
Far from being a fast sailing vessel, especailly compared to most boats here, but hope you enjoy it anyway . . . I certainly did.