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post #25 of Old 05-02-2012
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Re: engine-less

I agree completely with the above post. Most of my rowing the first year I sailed engineless in the San Jaun's occurred because I sailed too late into the afternoon. I quickly learned a sense of timing for when the wind would die as the season and daylight changed. Now I often arrive back home just as the wind is dying.

The advice about hugging the shore to avoid current is good as well. Once the stupid pop rivets that held the gooseneck fitting to the boom failed on my old Bluenose Sloop and I had to sail home with just my jib against the current. I hugged the shoreline going south in San Juan channel with the wind on the nose until I could make the crossing to Lopez.

As a minimum the current is less or zero near the shore but often there is a back eddie. Can be very helpful.

Bill Evans
Lopez Island, WA

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