Six Day Cruise
I had a great week sailing gang. Well,, the boat was in the water a week and I sailed every day anyway.
I hauled her down last Wednsday and set her up. I rented a slip for a few nights while I was at our fishing club gathering. The Admiral brought the motorhome down Thursday after work.
We (Anglernet) had a great “BASH” with about 130 in attendance. 40+ boats in our group, NorthRivers, Boultons, Jetcrafts, all kinds of hotrod fish killing machines, but I had the only sailboat. Everyone caught lots of fish (trout, kokanee, bass, and crappie), and MotherGoose put the first fish blood on the decks of the Platano Grande with a nice 2.5 lb. rainbow trout. She boated 3 total and I boated 1, not a great score, but being at the mercy of the wind to control trolling speed I think we did OK.
I learned a few things while I was out this time, the most important would be,,,,, DON’T SHOW OFF WHEN SINGLEHANDING,,LOL. I nearly broached her yesterday. I was running North with a great West wind filling the sails, watching the speed increase on the GPS, mainsheet and tiller in one hand, camera in the other,(to prove my heel angle and speed). Somewhere around 4.6kts I decided I should try to get the rail wet and hauled in the sheet,,,, WHOA what a rush. No time for camera, I dropped it on the cockpit deck, and eased the sheet. It reminded me of that Steven Wright joke,,, “you know that feeling you get when you lean back in your chair on two legs, and it ALMOST goes over?, LOL, that’s what it felt like.
I also learned, MAKE SURE THE FORESAIL FURLING LINE IS LOCKED IN THE JAM CLEAT!!!!!! We were cruising long nicely in about 5kts of wind under main and one jib and made a tack, the wind grabbed the foresail and WHAM, FLUTTER, LUFF, it sounded like all hell broke loose. It took a few second to figure out what had happened and scared the crap out of both of us, but we handled it OK and soon were back on course.
Lesson #3,,,, if you feel like taking a nap and having the Admiral sail the boat, DON’T SLEEP ON THE SIDE BUNK!!!!, I was snoozin’, she was doing fine at the helm. She was “reading” the wind by watching the ripples come across the lake. She mis-read the direction and when it hit the sails I got pitched on the floor. It was a rude awakening, but she got a good laugh out of it,,,, so did I once I found out we were still upright.
I was going to stay out until Friday but the weatherman said a front was moving in with 20mph gusting to 40, so I pulled the plug and came home yesterday afternoon. When I got to the ramp the wind was in the high teens, by the time I trailered and demasted it was howling around 20 and whitecaps were rolling across the lake. I’d say I called it just in time.
#1 MG with a decent kokanee
#2 MG AGAIN,, nice trout honey
#3 flying our colors
#4 A flock of geese headed North
#5 look close,, we're doing 4.4kts, just before I dropped the camera on deck,,LOL
Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?
Last edited by goose327; 05-02-2007 at 01:22 PM.