Re: Over Powered in 30 knots?
Lots of great pointers and feedback guys much appreciated. I will thoroughly read up on my lee-helm and see if I can figure alternative ways of beating upwind in short, heavy-chop. I believe like the poster above said it was the short interval rough chop that prevented my building any real speed to tack through to the starboard.
I Will begin next time with a reefed main and decide to swap as necessary. Its easier to raise and lower a jib in heavy wind than a mainsail (imo).
It was a pretty fun day and my sister enjoyed the exciting ride but getting back to where you began is sort of important being a ships captain so I want to continue to learn and get better.
Btw, the boat is a PY26 with swing keel- drops way down.
Also, Forecast for 32210 zipcode for yesterday will give some idea of conditions, though I feel it always seems a little more breezy when your out there.