We were out this past weekend and the wind was blowing from the South of the lake (very unusual for this lake) at 12-18 knots. We had a nice, long pleasurable sail downwind about 10 miles. We had the 100% jib up and no Reef in the main. I considered the Gennaker, but thatís another story!
So, it was time to turn around and head back to the marina. I was looking forward to the upwind sail. But, for some reason she just didnít want to perform upwind. Granted, it started blowing up to 28 knots, and there were pretty good sized swells. But she usually does great upwind (Merit 25).
I had the backstay tensioner in, boom out so we wouldnít heel too far over, but she just didnít seem to be moving fast.
On my starboard tack, the wind gusted and just spun her around into a (scary) upwind gybe! I tried to point back into the wind, but to no avail!
We ended up taking the sails down and motoring in, and it got gustier and the swells got bigger the entire way in.
So, is this once again my stubbornness about NOT reefing? Was I simply overpowered? Did the swells prevent my rudder from doing its job? Did the wind push me to a starboard gybe by blowing the bow?
Not really sure, but I would like to maintain control next time this happens!
It is a constant learning experience, isnít it?