Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: chesapeake bay
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nice day to sail on the chessy
okay went to the boat today for some battery charging and to check on it. decide the 15 to 20 knots was too nice to not sail. temps in the low 60's, nice winds. so i rigged a down hall so i could use my 100 % hank on jib single handed, and i pulled up the anchor. i sailed for about an hour just under jib with the gusts healing me over to about 20 degrees. i decided to hoist the main under a reef, which i did, but i dont have reef lines back to the cockpit i have to go to the mast. after a few times of dipping the rail, which on my boat is too far over for decent steering ( 83 hunter 27' ). i decided to pull down the main, so i steer into the wind, pop the line clutch, the sail starts coming down and the tack on the sail ( reef point ) pops out the sail starts to floog. well my brittle sail slides which one is broken already all decide to give up the ghost. i knew i would be changint them in the spring. so now my sail is blowing not attached to the mast so i run up to the mast and start pulling the sail down by hand, stow it and back to jib only.
nice day to sail, nice drill practice on getting a loose sail down single handed.
it was a great day in feb on the east coast, take that all you new englanders