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Left Pt. Orchard with two novice crew (saying something here, as I'm somewhat new to larger boats myself)
Tried to put up 2nd smallest jib, nearly tossed me in the drink. Storm jib alone on a run, 6kts for a while. It was windy... Break at Ilahee.
Tucked in at the dock- out of the major gusts and reefed the main major for beating to get back to port. Off we go, but entirely too slow. Add more main. Still too slow.
Up storm jib. Hauling now, feel the power!
Novice crew is now seasoned to tasks- one releases sheet and adjusts main traveler (reef seems to put a weird look to the main, so we twist again like we did last summer) the other character sheets in on the new tack using willpower and all the winch can offer with 5 wraps. 15 tacks and a couple of hours later we're back.
A strange sense of elation. Terribly proud of my motley crew, and the new boat. Handled incredibly well. Data says 15-20 while we were out with gusts near 30. Not sure on the accuracy, but it was a wild ride! Lots of pinching and a bit of controlled luffs in the gusts, but a sense of accomplishment. We didn't win any cups, but all left the boat pleased with their contribution and all in one piece.
Planned on doing a quick sale on the boat- might reconsider after today. We've come to an understanding the boat and me- I think we're starting to understand one another. (of course, that might be the seawater talking)