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Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Had to share this small victory. Full of bravado after our domination of the other boats in B fleet during the Spring Sunday Regatta, the crew decided to try backing the Santana 525 into the slip under sail power alone. As I have noted in another thread about docking under sail, many of the boats in our little lake club don't have motors and sail out of, and into their slips. Since our breakwater is homemade and marginally effective at keeping the occasional north and east storms at bay on our lake, the crews usually manually turn the boats facing bow out after docking bow in, to better handle any possible waves during storms. We thought we would save ourselves some time Sunday. Here's the
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Situation: Santana 525, big fat fairway, 5-10 knot winds from the N/NE pushing us 45 degrees toward the slip. I was the one mostly watching from the companionway and jumping off to help finish the docking (and giving a round of applause for the skipper).

*edit: fixed vid link
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Excellent!! And very brave to video it.

I met a couple last summer sailing a yawl with no motor at all, well out in the islands of Maine. They were great at using their two masts to maneuver the boat the way they wanted.
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Thane has 250 sq feet of gaff mizzen on a hull length of 40 ft. Back before I installed an engine I would use the North wind to back down on fisherman's wharf. The usual wind is SE or West in which case I'd just tack up and luff. Timing was critical because of 22 tons and the sheets did double duty as mooring lines.Times have changed . Now I can afford the right stuff and law says you can;t sail in the harbour.
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Wow, that was very cool
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

That was freakin' AWESOME! Nicely done itsa. I now have another challenge before me!
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Very nice! I've sailed backwards to set an anchor, but that requires far less precision. Cool video.
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Well now, I guess my answer to your question would depend on if you meant to back in on purpose or by accident.
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Bravo. I've sailed into the slip bow-in, don't recall having backed in. Our piers are close together so little room in which to reverse direction and build up any working sternway for the rudder to use.
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Thanks all. I was mostly a spectator. I do highly recommend practicing on someone else's boat first.
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Re: Ever back into the slip under sail power?

Lol great video.



Great potential to screw that one right up!

You should have sold deck chair space on the dock
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