I posted this video on a thread about home built boats a week ago. It got me thinking that, dam, that day was def a bfs for me (although it doesn't compare to some of the big offshore sails shared here).
fast wa'apa outrigger canoe sailing - YouTube
I built the boat, a 24' open outrigger canoe, with my girlfriends father last winter. Every bit is home made, from rudder to sails. We stored it on the beach at the sandy hook Catamaran club. Every year they hold a 19 mile race from sandy hook, nj to the statue of liberty and back. Most of the boats are small beach cats, and we were the first home built to get into the race. The day started out with little wind. A few lucky racers found an area of wind, and made it to the statue. We got about halfway in all light airs, but after 4 hours we realized there wasn't enough time in the day to finish. So we circumnavigated one of the light houses before heading back. On the way back, the light wind totally died and we began getting pulled out by a 3 knot current into the ocean. Helplessly and motorless, we drifted further and further out as the swells built to 6'. We paddled frantically to avoid being swept into huge channel markers. 6' swells aren't scary unless ur on an open boat with about 9 inches fretboard, hoping the bow doesn't dig in and swamp you, with about 3 hours of sun left and a strong tide pulling you into the open ocean.
We played the winds and current a bit, paddling a little to try and get somewhere with some wind. Some of the other beach cat racers were in trouble too, and followed us as best as they could. Eventually we found some wind, and as the sun got lower in the sky the sea breeze picked up. Soon we were doing 7 knots beating across the bay back to the club, trying not to bury the ama into the choo. That's what we were doing in the video. An exhilarating sail after what seemed like it would be a neverending paddle in the dark. That's sailing at its best.