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21st B-Day

OK, I know this is a little belated but I have been busy racing and with
starting school back up. Anyhow, the 19th was my 21st birthday and I
wanted to do something fun. So, I rented a Rhodes 22 for my girlfriend
and I to sail from a creek off the Yeo Pim river to Edenton, NC for the
night and then back. IT WAS A BLAST. If your ever cruising down the East
Coast, I would recommend making a stop there. For one thing the first two
nights at the town marina are FREE, with facilities and super nice dock
master, and each additional night is $1/ft. Also, I have never been to a town full of so
many nice people. We arrived Sunday night as the sun was setting and were looking for
a place to eat. So we stopped and talked to some random guy who turned
out to be the local OBGYN and he called the only place still open that
night and made us a dinner reservation and told them to stay open for us,
even though they were closing. After dinner we went back to the boat to
fine tune our lines for the night and another random person stopped to
help us and later went over to their families house for drinks. It was one of those
LARGE beautiful southern homes. Then, the next morning we met some more really nice people
who were walking around the docks.

The Pamlico sound seems like a great place to sail. We had winds build from 8 knots
in the morning and up to 20 through the night. The winds dropped to around 10 the next
morning as we headed back to return the boat. My only complaint about the trip was
my own fault. I don't know how to properly sail in following seas when sailing on a
beam reach or running on abroad reach. I couldn't keep the boat from pitching about.
This is the main reason for writing this post. Does anyone have any suggestions.
The seas were only 2'-3's with sets of 4' coming in cycles and winds around 20 knots.
I'm sure alot of it has to with the fact the boat was only 22' but any suggestions
would be greatly appreciated.

Here are some pictures of our trip.







edit: ignore the video, I don't know why it's there or how to get rid of it.


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Hey K...congrats on getting legal! Life is good with a sailboat and a pretty girl on the Albermarle!! (G)
As to suggestions...there is no boom vang in evidence and one of those would help control the main a lot better.
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Yeah, I had never sailed a boat w/o a boom vang before.

I had also never sailed such a small boat in any kind of wave action. I think this had alot to do with it. Seems to me that the larger boats (30' +) are able to span the wave crests and not experience too much rockin-and-a-rollin. However this is the Albemarle and Pamlico I'm talking about where the avg depth is around 20 (i guess) but has a many many miles of fetch allowing the high frequency chop to build.
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K...yes, the famous Albermarle kidney chop! You are right about the wave action and larger boats smoothing it out a bit typically.
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Happy birthday and sounded like a fun trip.

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