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post #4 of Old 05-11-2010
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Funny thing - just this past weekend, I took a 2-day ASA Sailing 101 class (I'll be doing the coastal cruising portion this coming weekend).

We were on a Jeanneau 33, which also has jib and main mast furlers.

We were out on the Rappahannock River, right at the mouth where it enters the Chesapeake Bay. Those in the area will know that this weekend was very windy, with winds at about 20 knots, gusting to 25 and sometimes 30.

We let out the sails about 1/2 way and had at it. Some pretty "energetic" sailing. Anyhow, after sailing for a few hours on Saturday, we were on our way back in, and we stowed the sails and fired up the engine to motor back into the inlet and return to the marina. As we were heading into the channel, the wind was pretty much coming across the beam. The main mast furler started slipping and the main sail started coming unfurled. Of course, as it came out, it presented more sail area, which gave the wind more to push on, so it started coming unfurled faster and faster. Not good, when the wind was gusting up to nearly 30 knots and we were trying to keep the vessel straight in the channel.

So we had a little excitement. Turns out the lines on the furler were not as snug as they should have been and the lock had slipped. We quickly cranked the sail back in and the instructor jumped up on the deck and locked the furler.

Just a little excitement at the end of an exciting day of sailing.

- Bill T.
- Richmond, VA

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
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