Faster's exactly right. You just bumped up your threshold Maze. Nice.
Now, I was actually (yet again) in my slip on that very day! This is getting embarrassing.
We tried to leave just about 2:00 when the winds you mention were beginning to howl. They have moved our particular dock back into the cove (which is nice as we no longer are getting hammered by the waves), but there is a huge freakin' steel cable hanging 6' above the water 15' from from our slip. And that cable was downwind - and we were beam to that wind which was blowing uninterrupted right on us.
With a lot of work, we backed the boat into the slip and I tried the old trick of having my sailing buddy stand on the end of the finger and pull the bow into the wind with a line while I punched the OB - but it was clear we were going to be blown straight into that cable - possibly losing a rig. So I shut her down and we drank - and pouted. We were stuck.
Yet again, the Big Freakin' Slipsitter while you, my man, were out learning how to handle your boat safely (very successfully I might add) in big wind.
That ain't stoopid.
I've had sails up in 40knots one time (double reefed main only) with the whole boat shuddering - and I did the same thing you did - dropped it and motored home. There's a pic of it buried in here somewhere. But I learned something about my boat. And that's great practical knowledge to have.
Nice BFS dude. And to think some dudes RACE in that stuff - in the ocean - with actual waves and everything - yowza!
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Well, I wasn't going to say anything since this post belongs in BSS (Big Stoopid Sails), but since Smack and I sail the same waters, I figured I might as well tell on myself.
Last Sunday, I helped another sailor friend hoist a newly stitched genoa and then we went for a sail. He took off in his C28 MKII and I in my new boat (C36 Tall) I've only had sailing 3 times before and never without crew (not including the admiral).
I was a bit worried as the winds when we left the marina were about 15k WNW but figured I would give it a go with just the admiral and I. I gave the adminral the helm and right after getting the main and genoa up the winds started building. Initially on a broad reach we were clocking about 6-7k over ground.
About the time we turned up to a close reach, the wind started really picking up. I had the admiral calling out true wind and direction while I trimmed sails. I remember her saying 24, 28, 32, 34, 38...... 40. YIKES!!!!! At this point the rails were in the water and my friend on is C28 was in similar shape.
So I made the choice to bail, turn directly into the wind, and start reducing sail area.
Certainly we got home in one piece but blasting down a narrow river channel at 7+k with the rails in the water on only your 4th time out on the boat.... that is not for me. Not yet anyway.
So smack, while you may have seen 50 in your marina over Christmas, I was out last Sunday in 40k gusts and I damn near wet my pants.
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