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How's this contribution? October 1995, l was crew on an engineless 29ft sloop. The owner, a non-sailing woman and me. I figured it would add to my skills for a trip from Florida to Belize and back. A fine sail down to Isle Mujeres it was to enter. While there l met a norwegian girl and had 9 fun days with her. 2 ships that pass in the night we thought. Engineless is interesting, but on with the story. It is about a 6 day sleigh ride home from Belize. Ours took 16 early January. SW of Cuba it didn't look good. The winds went too light and dark ominous clouds were interlaced with heat lightning. An awesome spectacle. The next day high headwinds and building seas. Easily 15ft+ heavy rollers out of the north, but not breaking. Absurd weather for January. We heave-to with a parachute and watch for chafe. Several hours go by, then boom, our rudder gets a smash from a breaking wave that breaks the tiller. Jury rigged with vice-grips we sail on into the night. The owner wants to get home. We make it through one night, but not the next night without further damage. We loose the mast over the spreaders. The weather hasn't changed. It's cold. We aren't prepared for it. We jury-rig again, secure what we can, and sail on. The boat is starting to look like shite inside and fatigue is showing its ugly head. The next night we lose the whole shooting match over the side. He likes yelling, l don't. I know he's tired and scared, so is the woman. Just getting finished fishing in Alaska for a year myself, I'm ok. Now we rig the boom as our mast and take the jibhead to the bow, tack to the top of the mast and sheets to the clew. It starts to become apparent l have a more level head about things and the "captain" doesn't like it. Hell, l seen this kind of stuff in Alaska. For example, his favorite knot is 8 clove hitches to secure the mast and just balks at my trucker hitch suggestion. "Hummf, what do you know about sailing!" Nothing but a 100 ton cert and my AB card hasn't taught me l say. Anyhow, rigged, we sail on. They run out of cigarettes. Anyone who knows this problem, knows it's a problem. Irritation sets in without them quickly. We have water, but food is a problem now. The weather is abating. For the next days we each get one bowl of rice each day. 3 days later, we flare a fishing boat, bum Kent menthols, some rolls and sail onwards. I got to hand it to him though, we popped out of the clouds 2 days later at home. He and the woman dingy in to rent a tow, spend the night, and get me the next day. We sailed through "The Blizzard of 96" (Look it up on the NOAA website). I go see my friends who give me a letter from a crazy norwegian girl who was here looking for me. It reads "Call me, I'm pregnant "...., but that is another story.

Lesson learned you ask? Quality condoms are a must for cruising.
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My very first time sailing my own boat, I was 15 and had just bought a Hobie 16. It was a beautiful day and I had no idea what I was doing besides what I'd read in books. Some other sailors helped me to rig it, and one loaned me his attractive daughter to be crew. One of the best days of sailing I've ever had.

This story is about my second attempt. That one didn't go as well. I brought a friend who'd never been on a boat before in his life, and we pulled the sails up with the boat facing downwind... and blowing 20 knots. I thought I was pretty smart when the catamaran launched itself right off the beach and all we had to do was jump aboard.
The bay is a couple miles across, and it looked like we were going to cross it in only a few minutes. I tried to turn off the wind and immediately buried the leeward bow, so I turned back downwind and tried to figure out what else I could do.
Having seen pictures of sailboats going upwind with only the jib, I decided that we should pull down the main. It had reefing points, but I didn't have any line to reef with, so down came the whole thing. It didn't slow the boat down any, and now I learned that catamarans need the mainsail to go upwind. I was still heading across the bay, going just as fast, and no hope of going any other direction.
Figuring to do less damage if I hit the lee shore going more slowly, I danced out on the bow to drop the jib, while my friend steered. To this day I have no idea how he managed not to see it, but he ran us straight into a channel marker piling. I managed to dive onto the trampoline before we hit, and the bridle stretched back, the mast stood up straight, and then the whole boat bounced back a good five feet! I grabbed the tiller and steered us around the piling, then aimed the bows at the only patch of sandy shore I could spot and handed the tiller back. Dumb luck that at this point I didn't know the rig should have been tight; that is probably all that kept a bow from snapping off. I danced out on the bow again and finished dropping the jib, and we slowed down to probably five knots under the bare mast.
I took the tiller back and guided it to the shore. When we beached, it turned out to be a trailer park, and a little wandering around brought us to the office where I called home for ride. We left the boat on the beach for the night, and I returned the next day. The wind wasn't blowing any less, but I'd brought a line to tie in the reefs. Up went only the reduced mainsail, and off I went for an upwind slog across the bay. It took a lot longer, but was a hell of a lot more fun!
Sailing with a hot chick and not hitting stuff is way more fun. Here's my beach cat story:

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Alicante is really a nice place.



And VOR headquarters was especially cool.



I smell a serious BFS on the horizon.
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Re: Big Freakin' Sails

This past week we were on our second cruise of the summer to Victoria, BC. After leaving Victoria, we headed north up Harow Straight towards Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. We had a following wind almost 180 degrees around 15k. We flew wing and wing with the 150 poled out for quite some time. Gradually the wind kept picking up and we had to steer right to hold a course toward our destination, that put the wind around 160 - 170 to us, so I brought the genoa over to the port side and gradually had to roll it in to where I only had about a storms jib worth of sail out. The main was still up all the way. The apparant wind was now in the vicinity of 22-26k and we were going 6k. It was about that time that I realized we were out in about as much weather as our good ship should safely take (going by the rule of thumb). There was a boat following us... same track and he had no main up but full foresail. I thought about that and decided to stay with what I had up. The ride was fair, had to work the rudder a fair amount as we were surfing with the waves on our starboard quarter.

It showed me my boat can go downwind with 30k of wind and handle it well. I'm guessing that if I was on about any other point of sail it might have been "real sporty". This was by far our "biggest freakin sail".

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Oh hell yeah!!

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Re: Big Freakin' Sails

The crossing from BVI to Panama was uneventful except for a storm force squall at night that lasted 45 minutes. One crew member claims we hit 16.3 knots. I was too busy dealing with a main.

Flying home on Friday.
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The crossing from BVI to Panama was uneventful except for a storm force squall at night that lasted 45 minutes. One crew member claims we hit 16.3 knots. I was too busy dealing with a main.

Flying home on Friday.
Pics my good man!!!!
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Pics my good man!!!!
I have some good shots of the boat, the marina and a couple underway. No canal transit for us, although the two boats that came across with us are going through on their way to Peru.

I will have some time on Saturday.
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Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Hmmm.

When I search on Youtube for Hunter sailboats doing big sails (crossings, passages, etc.) - I see very few offerings.





And that's just not right. Hunters obviously rock.

I think the boys and I will need to change that. So stay tuned.
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Check this out!!! BFS Hall of Famer PeterChech throwin' down on his H25!!!



AND some PBR product placement!!!

Go chech!!
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