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Nice pic. As I'm really new to sailing so is your setup in that pic for going dead down wind or are you going off center and using the pole to hold the jib from coming over?

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Poling out the jib with a whisker pole is a common technique for sailing dead down wind... Not always the fastest way to get there, but in this case I was confined to a channel, so had no option but to sail directly before the wind...

That day actually turned out to be one of the most pleasant of my entire trip south a couple of years ago... I'd come back inside at Ponce Inlet the day before, primarily in order to be able to watch a couple of NFL playoff games :-)

The stretch of the ICW behind Cape Canaveral can be one of the best for doing some actual sailing when the breeze is right, and on this beautiful day I was blessed with a light to moderate wind straight out of the north. The channel runs pretty much arrow straight for miles and miles, and I wound up sailing wing & wing almost all the way from Melbourne down to around Vero... Would have been nice to have had just a bit more breeze, but it was still as close to as perfect a day as one could imagine...

It was late in the season, most snowbirds already further south by that time, but I was still passed by perhaps a half-dozen other boats running south... Every one of them under power, of course - their reward for eschewing a such a beautiful day of sailing was probably winding up 10 or 15 miles further down the road than I did that night... And, the opportunity to savor that diesel exhaust wafting into their cockpits for much of the trip...

Although, for those equipped with full-cockpit oxygen tents, perhaps not... :-)

Good luck, as you progress with your learning to sail, in the right conditions, sailing wing & wing can be a very fun way to sail..


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Jim,

Two notes (at least) if you are going to dive under your boat on a choppy day wear a helmet. I kid you not. You should also have a serious shirt on - getting bounced against barnacles will shred you.
Stopper knots - tied them on the jib sheet so it can't run free and drop into the water.

Glad to see/hear you are out and about, and apparently undeterred in your dedication to stay that way.
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Most of us will run over one of our own lines ONCE

I was lucky enough to do it with my pal on his boat...here is his main halyard


I wrapped and broke a stantion before we realized it was around the prop.
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Who's driving the boat, Aiolos or Otto?

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Jim, It's not your fault, there were serious gremlins on the Bay this weekend.

We sucked a plastic bag into our engine's water intake exiting our slip in 20 knot gusts - oh and it was the middle of the day Saturday with a ton of traffic on the river and all our slip neighbors standing on the dock.

The theatrics involved a clueless power boater, gusting winds and a pretty good three stooges impression.

The wind died exactly five minutes after we got her snugged back in the slip. I know because that wonderful new Garmin wind sensor was showing me a graph of the wind gusts. Went to go out Sunday morning - dead battery - more laughing gremlins. Little bastards. Thank God for rum.

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Gee learning 13 things in one day is pretty good progress. Most of us would need at least 13 days.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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Gee learning 13 things in one day is pretty good progress. Most of us would need at least 13 days.
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Jim,

Glad you're okay. Now get back out there with your new knowledge and have at it.

I assume you've properly blamed someone else for each of these maladies.
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Jim, It's not your fault, there were serious gremlins on the Bay this weekend.
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Went to go out Sunday morning - dead battery - more laughing gremlins. Little bastards. Thank God for rum.
Jim, I was looking for you Saturday; now I understand why I didn't see you out there! Sorry to hear you had your own set of adventures!

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Gee learning 13 things in one day is pretty good progress. Most of us would need at least 13 days.
Oh, not me. When I do something, I do it right! LOL

Chuck, I actually checked the hull before I went under. Thankfully, the bottom paint was still doing its thing. I hear you about the helmet, though. Came close to knockin' my noggin a few times.

Minne, I am tempted to blame my dad since he was manning the jib, but in the end it's my boat and (as scary as the prospect may be) I'm the most experienced person aboard. It was my responsibility to make sure everything was ready and safe, and I screwed up. Thankfully it wasn't worse, like in Blu's picture.

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