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post #23 of Old 04-30-2011
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It's funny but I remember sailing Oh Joy from Seattle to Anacortes (at least, that was the intended destination) in what started out as 20-25 and worke it's way up to 45 before I notice the difference. When sailing offwind, wind increases can sneak up on ya. I had full main and 135 out until a wave turned us beam on and I couldn't get her turned back offwind. So I spun into the next wave, hopped the crest and then doused the Genny (furler), hoisted the staysail and put one reef in the main. I should've put two in so the weather helm wouldn't be so bad later.

By the time twilight hit and I diverted to Port Townsend, it was blowing 62 and gusting to 78. I didn't appreciate doing a beam reach in that at all, especially with a single reef in the main. Lots of crackin' and poppin' going on as I eased way out to keep her feet. Don't rightly know how that old mainsail survived this long.

Baggett and Sons Marine Restoration
The Landing at Colony Wharf
Bellingham, WA.

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