Yes, we were over-canvassed despite we were on our 2nd reef for the main. We reduced the head sail twice. Also we were 8 to 10 nm off shore with too much wind. Captain sailed back to the coast (2 to 4 nm) with the water depth of 40 ft. That was a sweet spot.
Yes, They all like my food. They told me it was the best food they have ever had. They must be hungry and cold. Let's see what I made for us:
1. Hot spicy turkey sandwiches
2. Al dente noodle soup with shrimp wanton or roast pork
3. Crab imperial over roasted garlic pasta with grilled vegetables
4. Italian hot sausage in spaghetti sauce over pasta
5. Spared ribs in worcestershire sauce over white rice
6. Sausage/shrimp fried rice
7. BBQ pork chop with rice
8. Linguine with white clam and fresh shrimp sauce
9. Brownie for desert.
From this voyager, I think I have perfected my cooking skills in high seas. The boat has an alcohol stove, which is a pain to use. I think I have mastered the beast.
How did you like the ride through the east river btw! That's a trip you can chalk up to a good experience!
Actually it is not bad at all. The only thing worried us was the engine problem we have since it was just got repaired. Its reliability is unknown to us. Therefore, we tried to cross Hell Gate at the earliest time so the current was not at its peak. Our SOG is just about 9 knots. We mentally prepared to deploy out head sail in case the engine failed. We also let all the commercial traffic go first and entered the Hell Gate when no traffic behind us. It was a majesty sight to sail thru East River - seeing Cornell Medical School, Rockefeller University, NYU Medical school on 26th street (Where my daughter works), and the Status of Liberty (more later on the thought of our Lady) and Verozano bridge.
All in all, it was a good adventure. I appreciate the Captain gave me the opportunity. He told me I was his first choice among 30 sailors who wrote to him. He was impressed by my formal email as if I was applying for a job.
I have learned a lot during my short time on Sailnet. I canít thank enough for all your comments and helpful info. It all makes me a better sailor and a kinder person. Thank you for reading my less than perfect English. Life is short, play hard and make someone happy.
Fair winds and calm seas.