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Another Awsome Weekend

Had a great time this weekend.. After the July 0 to 5 mph doldrums the wind is picking up in the Apostle Islands 10 to 15 with gusts to 20 and Breezy ... Fastest wind I've been in so far...

With Full Sails the 12 to 15 gets a little hairy and 18 knot gusts get down right "Holy Shite" ...Especially on the back side of the Madeline Isl with the long fetch and 5'-7' waves...

Bout half way thru beating to wind we dropped the jib and ran main only which calmed things considerably...we then cut the SW corner of Madeline short and found my CB bounces at 5'6" and shoal Keel starts rubbing at 2'6" (just like the specs said they would)...

Fortunatly soft sand and not too "embedded".. We carried the anchor out to deeper water and with winch on rode pulling out and outboard "wiggling" stern side to side we Kedged out to deeper water and freedom... Which is good cause it was getting dark...

Next Day was even breezier (steady 15 gusts 20+) so we reefed both main and Jib before leaving harbor and what a difference that made...! Same boat heavier winds and totally different "feel" ...running flatter, more in control and we were running faster speeds to boot...

Super run length of Bay pushing hull speed+ fastest I've logged on gps... Great ending to adventuresome weekend...

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Sounds awesome Squidd! Glad to hear you guys are finally getting some wind out that way. July was definetly a rough month...


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Every day that I have been sailing this season, and it has been ~25X, I have had great wind. Wind has in the 5 -20 kt range. One day we sailed to a destination 22 nm away and we had 12 kts wind in a steady direction and avg. 5.5 kts boat speed without changing course.

Some of the best consistent sailing I have had in a while. Great summer so far.

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Re: Another Awsome Weekend

Glad to hear you had a good one....we're just baking here. Very little wind, temps 105+.

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Re: Another Awsome Weekend

We had good sailing Saturday.



But as we headed out Sunday to practice with the spinnaker, we forgot to check the weather and ran into waterspouts!

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