Back to your original point: We had a good sail yesterday, too
. It started out not-so-good, being as, as is typical for us, it seems: Just about the time we got the sails up the wind about died. But I knew it was supposed
to come back, so we stuck it out. (I don't think we ever quite
got below 1 kt, but it was darn close quite a few times.) Hey, if nothing else: I got to experiment a lot with sail shape and various tuning to get maximum smoke out of her in light air
On the way back the wind finally piped-up. By the time it was time to take the sails down and turn into our homeward-bound creek, they were up to about 15 kts. This gave me an opportunity to play with sail shape and fine-tuning at the other end of the spectrum, so to say: De-powering while close-hauled and short-crewed to keep her off her ear
Here's a third neat thing that happened: Before I got the sails de-powered a bit to get her back on her feet, we buried the leeward rail but good
. The Admiral (who is usually at the helm) handled it with aplomb, which is a first.
All-in-all: A very enjoyable time on the water.