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A couple years ago, I was sailing my C&C 35 Landfall singlehanded south from Annapolis, 2-3 miles off the western shore, with about 20-25 kt winds out of the west. Because the fetch was only 2-3 miles, the waves were nominal for that much wind. I don't remember the exact sail configuration, but probably tucked in a single reef and rolled up a little genoa. I put her on a beam reach and trimmed the sails for speed and balance, and then set the autopilot. Her speed was steadily 8 1/2 kts, with bursts over 9 kts. I looked over the side, and the bow wave no longer extended out from the bow of the boat. It had moved aft all the way back to the primary winches. This was not a brief burst of speed, while she slid down the face of a wave. She maintained that speed without a break for nearly three hours before she finally dipped below her hull speed. For my part, I didn't have to constantly tend her sails to keep them in perfect trim. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride, and make sure she didn't run into anything. I have sailed in stronger winds and bigger seas, but can't adequately describe how exhilarating it is to sail for so long in conditions so perfect for optimum speed. Sometimes the best ride isn't the one that scares you to death; it's the one that thrills you to death!
Last edited by Sailormon6; 04-02-2010 at 09:56 AM.