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post #391 of Old 02-27-2011
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Came in to Marina del Rey late one afternoon after sailing on Santa Monica Bay. The wind is always westerly and my habit is to drift through the marina to the end and then make a left into my fairway, which is dead into the wind, and drop the main. This particular day, the wind had shifted and amped up to over 30+ knots thanks to Santa Ana winds. I followed my typical routine of sailing through the marina, except this time it was rail down and SCREAMING through the marina. It was a little harried as I was dodging boats and dinghies the whole way. As I approached my slip, the wind shadow of the apartment buildings slowed the wind and allowed an easy docking. BUT, I have asked myself a hundred times, "Why didn't you just turn into the wind and drop the main earlier"? I felt like such an idiot. Guess old habits die hard.

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