Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
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What a dumbass!
Okay, so yesterday was probably the best day of sailing I've had all season - if not ever!
I was out with my wife, my brother and his two sons (13 & 15).
The wind was blowing 15 plus with gusts higher than that. We went for at least 2 - hours without dropping below 6.5, with long periods of being in the low 7's! The boys were at the wheel most of the time and did a great job. The younger one even handled a couple of tacks.
We stopped in at an anchorage for lunch, where the boys swam and kayaked for a while. I put a reef in the main before we headed out as some of the gusts had knocked us down a bit on the way up.
So, off we go on the 10-mile jaunt home. We left the anchorage under power and got out into the wind. The main went up without a hitch and we sailed toward the marker that was our turning point to settle into a beam/broad reach home. We were making 5.5 under reefed main on a close reach.
It had been recommended to me that I stick the shift into reverse gear when sailing in order to reduce hum and to not allow the prop to free-wheel. I did this and made the turn at the buoy. We hauled out the jib and jumped ahead on a great reach.
After a few minutes of scooting along my nephew asked: "When are we going to shut off the engine?"
Here we were whipping along under full (we actually: reefed) sail. I couldn't hear the diesel, which was not only still running, but set to reverse!
We switched off the diesel and, surprize, surprize - our performance improved.
What a dumbass!
In my own defense though I put it down to the fact that I was so intent on waving at my fellow boaters that I negelcted to focus on my own needs....
1989 Hunter 30'
Southern Georgian Bay
Visualize the vastness of the oceans; the infinity of the heavens; the fickleness of the wind; the artistry of the craft and the frailty of the sailor. The oneness that may be achieved through the harmony of these things may lead one to enlightenment. - Flying Welshman
Last edited by flyingwelshman; 09-10-2012 at 12:19 PM.