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When I snuck out for a run in January, I was very stubborn about not running the engine on the way back in. The channel into Whitemarsh creek gets narrow, so not a lot of tacking room but there was no other traffic, so I was bent on trying it.
The geography of the surrounding land makes the wind do all sorts of funny things and I did poke along at 1-2 kts, beating upwind in very light air for about 30 minutes until I was able to make the smallest of course changes. I was finally able to fill the sails and get up to 3-4 kts which was perfect for the tight, shallow area I was in. Then I sailed all the way home but for the last 300 yards where the wind completely died as I made the final 90 degree course change to the dock.
I was glad I persevered, because I feel that I learned alot about trimming and manuvering and generally "making it work".
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168