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Frustration unable to beat against steady wind & current Narr Bay
I've been learning to sail in different conditions in my 30' S2. Had sailed small boats when young but not much experience on bigger boats.
The other day I'm with friends sailing from Edgewood Yacht Club down to below Conimicut light house, a little past Barrington. Good wind, 10-15 out of N/NE, fairly flat water, fun going down.
But we start beating back against pretty quick ebb tide. I don't know, maybe 3 knots. And wind picks up to 15 steady from the N. We can't get anywhere. I'm trying to flatten sails and close haul as much as possible.
Very frustrating, and we ended up motoring, sails down, into wind, but that was also very slow going, mainly because my boat is underpowered, a 13hp Yanmar (great engine, but small). Too ridiculously long time.
Is that a situation most cruisers would be able to deal with or do simply I have a lot to learn about sail trim and close haul? I tried to get the main to that upper battens were parallel to boom, which was pulled tight in, and we had the mainsail, a 155 genoa, as tight as we could get it. Other tricks people can recommend? Any similar experiences ?