Light Air Day on a C&C 27
Just a note about how much we enjoyed sailing our C&C 27 in light air yesterday.
We drove out its slip on the Columbia river about 1:00 p.m. yesterday, but there was so little wind and so many boats on the river that we decided to bag it for a few hours. We pumped the water tank dry (we had shocked it with 20 gallons water, one cup bleach, 20 hours before), and took off for the "The Sailing Life" on Tomahawk Island to climb through boats during their Sunday open house. We got to see a Kettenburg 40, which was fun, a Cheoy Lee 44, and a couple of others.
Around 4 we pulled out on our C&C 27 onto the river. Less traffic, but only 5-10 mph of winds from the west. We raised the main and then the 165% genoa, and the boat did really well. We made around 4 knots most of the time gybing up-river against a 2.5 knot current. This was the first time we used the 165, and also the tiller extender, which made it more comfortable at the helm during the broad reaches.
There was still a lot of river traffic, so we didn't have the time we wanted to keep the sails perfectly trimeed. Still, it was a great sail in 80 degrees with sun. Our son took the tiller for several tacks, and our daughter played below.
By the time we docked and put the boat away (and refilled the tank with fresh water), it was 8 o'clock and time to get the kids home to bed. It's hard to stop sailing the 27, and we think we made a great move buying it when we did-- excellent combination of challenge, fun and affordability.
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