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Hm. I wonder if conditions on the Ches. vary greatly from one point to another. There is also a considerable time difference between you and me.
I sailed out into the Rhode River at around 3 pm, into white caps and considerable wind. 2 sailboats passed me inbound, running on their engines with no sail. This concerned me, but I also considered that maybe these people were just wrapping up their day's sail.
I used only a reefed main and sailed out to green bouy 1A. Out there, waves were 2', some white caps and occasionally, waves that broke noisily.
I was....very concerned at first, but eventually I got the sail trimmed for a stable ride and decent speed. I absolutely was tethered, and then put on a PFD shortly afterwards.
I had an adult, female passanger who wasn't a strong swimmer. After a while, she expressed some discomfort and I also didn't see any reason to press my luck, so we turned around.
On the way back, the waves were on the aft quarter, and I trimmed the sail even better, so the ride was much better. The wind seemed to fall off a bit. Water in the Rhode was calmer when we returned, and got progressively better the further up river we traveled.
Prior to the duck blind, I finally put the jib up, and we sailed wing-on-wing to within 50 yards of my slip. I only shifted to the engine so I could back down into my slip.
The boat did very well. I on the other hand, could have done better. It was a learning experience for me. Still, no one was hurt, nothing was damaged, and everything functioned correctly.
Having the pre-sail checklist absolutely helps.
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