Originally Posted by WouldaShoulda
The forcast for Saturday keeps getting better for the CB but I'm going to the beach!!
We'll the forecasters missed the mark a wee tad. Friday, instead of 30-40% chance of rain, we got 100%. Instead of winds 10-15, we got 20-25. Actually, the sailing Friday was not too bad, except for the rain. BFS point 1, the sustained wind was too much for my aging genny and we got a pretty good tear going. It got us across though. We sailed from D'ville over to Onancock, but got a late start and arrived well after dark. BFS point 2, my first night landfall/creek navigation. The track on the GPS tells the tail of how hard it was spotting the ATONS, but we made it in fine.
BFS point 3, Good foulies are good to have. I've been happier but I was at least warm and fairly dry even after 5 hours in the steady rain.
Saturday's winds were forecast to be a bit higher, but to decrease later in the day. We got a decent start in the AM intending to motor back across since I knew the headsail would not hold up to any more abuse.
BFS point 4, a particularly large wave caught us quarter to, on the starboard beam and sent everyone in the cockpit tumbling. When everyone was situated again we saw that the dingy had been flipped. We quickly got to work and righted it, but the plates with the registration number and the seat bag with the foot pump were claimed by Neptune. Going forward we will figure out how to carry the dink on the foredeck in anything but the calmest conditions.
BFS point 5, the winds did not decrease as forecast. Instead the built as we neared our destination reaching nearly doubled the forecast with gusts as high as 35 knots. We'll definitely be working with our sailmaker to make sure we have our reefing plan down pat since you never know what you'll get. We were motoring this time but learned a bit about the unpredicabilty of weather.
BFS point 6, our arrival was noted so we'll probably be the topic of some discussion around the marina. Working on that reputation as the guy that will go out in most anything! lol