Join Date: Aug 2003
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Sailboat Deliivery BFS
As some of you know, I purchased a 2002 C&C 110. The boat was in Mystic CT, I am in Mt. Sinai, NY. Today was the day to sail the boat the 55nm back home.
I've been following the weather forecast all week and each day was roughly the same: NE wind 15-20. This is good for me because the trip is SW. On Thursday the Saturday forecast was for 10-15 from the NE. On Friday the Saturday forecast was for more wind, 10-15 with gusts up to 20. Then, this morning, the forecast changed again: small craft advisories, winds 15-20 with gusts up to 30. Oh boy, it's going to be a spirited sail.
We (my wife and my two younger kids: daughter 16 and son 12) backed out of the slip around 9:30 and motored down the long channel and into Fishers Island Sound. In the sound I unrolled the headsail and we motor sailed towards home. The weather was pretty nice, temperature in the lwo to mid 60's, clearing sky with sun coming out, and oh yeah, lots of wind.
With the headsail up we motor sailed at around 7 kts. Since this was a delivery and not a pleasure sail I wanted to get home as quickly as possible. With the engine at cruising speed and the sail up we moved smoothly and quickly through the water. The wind continued to build and whitecaps were everywhere.
Around noon I put the engine in neutral and noticed the speed didn't drop at all. So I shut the engine down and enjoyed the silence. Now, out in the wide open Long Island Sound the waves started to build. Since we were still down almost dead down wind, the waves allowed the boat to surf. I expected this boat to be fast, but I had no idea how fast. With 15 kts apparent wind we were sailing at 7-8 kts and surfing down waves at 8-9 kts. When the wind went up the speeds did too: We were sailing at over 10 kts consistently. On my O'day 35, the highest speed I ever saw was 10.1 kts, motorsailing with big following seas. The C&C was hitting 10.5, then 11, then 11.5, then 12.
As the day went on the wind just continued to increase. We would be sailing at 10 kts and see 20-25 kts apparent wind on the wind gauge. The true wind had to be over 30 kts. The waves were getting bigger and closer together. Surfing down them I saw 13 kts and then the highest I could every imagine: 14.6 kts! In a 36' sailboat. And the entire time the boat was easy to steer and quite manageable.
I was very impressed with how the boat handled the rough weather and the speed and ease at which we sailed. We arrived at Mt. Sinai before 5:00 just as the wind was at the peak. Furling the headsail was a challenge, especially with a new boat, but we managed.
The boat needs a good cleaning and some upgrades. I am looking forward to a lot of fun sailing and adding gear as I get more money.
Some shots from the trip are included, including the last 12 hours of weather from the Central Long Island sound weather buoy.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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