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|05-12-2008 02:22 PM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
|05-12-2008 02:18 PM|
Thanks for sharing that video clip Dr. B.
Yeah, it can really surprise you when you get out past a point or harbor and the fetch increases... one of my first sails on my boat two years ago was in 35 knots of wind and it wasn't so bad, at least until I got out past the second point...then the fetch was from somewhere down in New Jersey, and the waves went from 3-5' up to about 9-12'. Did that for about 45 minutes and decided that I had had enough fun for the day...and headed back in.
|05-12-2008 01:45 PM|
Went Out in Salem (MA) Sound on Sunday
Although they were calling for 8 to 10 foot waves around Coastal North Shore to Plymouth, MA, I scheduled a sail on Sunday in hopes that the forecast was more accurate for further away from land than in the Sound.
When I got to the Harbor Entrance and looked out of over the entrance into the sound, I could not believe my eyes, no seas and steady 15 kt winds!
Hope back into the car and get to the launch. Meet my sailing buddy, get to the boat, fire up the iron sail and head out. Get the main up and we are doing a easy 4.5 kts. Unroll the genny and we are flying at 6.5 kts. Some sail trim and course correction and we are flying across the sound at 7.5 kts with a steady heel of about 28 deg. This is the fastest I have ever been in my new-to-me boat.
We blast around for another 3 h, before the winds change to a more easterly direction and the Sound fills with 3 to 4 ft whitecaps and the winds pick up. Tried to outside the sound and was met with 8 foot swells and 20 to 25 kt winds. Not for today's lesson.
Ran only with main up back to mooring at a constant 6.5 kts.
One of the best days of sailing of my life.
Short video during one of the close reach legs.
|05-12-2008 01:19 PM|
KABOOM was a bust
Well the fireworks were a dud this year; as we crossed the central SF Bay the fog started rolling in and by the time they lit them off it was thick. We sailed across The Slot with a reefed jib alone and the wind must have been 30+ because we made ~6kts with only the jib up on a close reach. When we got to the lee side of TI we could only see the low fireworks and many were blocked by the island in addition to the fog so we flipped around and headed back to Richmond. Although the fog was in the inversion layer was about 200' up so we had plenty of visibility until we were back across; but I was glad to have the Radar/Plotter up and running anyway.
|05-12-2008 12:45 PM|
|sailingdog||If you need some more slow boats, as CD to bring his catalina over.|
|05-12-2008 12:23 PM|
Saturday was tune up race day. Not a real race, just practice. Lots of start sequences, stuff like that. Almost no one showed up because the weatherman predicted torrential downpours and 30 mph wind. We got 20 mph wind and a few drops. We had a good time, but could have used a few more slow boats like mine to get a feel for the upcoming competition.
Sunday was a full day of yardwork at the mother-in-law's house.
|05-12-2008 12:09 PM|
|CharlieCobra||It was absolutely calm when we went out Sat. It was blowing 30-40 yesterday but seeing it was Mother's Day, we did what she wanted. Maybe I'll get out there this afternoon to finally test that sail.|
|05-11-2008 11:11 PM|
Saturday: Raced in 2 Races. Dad's boat... didn't kick butt, but still beat a few boats. Got soaked for the first race and the Sun came out for the second... Had a great raft up afterwards with the MRSA folks.
Sunday: Cleaned Dad's boat then took out mine with just the main. Went and snooped down Deep Creek and snapped a few spy shots of Chuckles's cat. muahahaha. Sailed out into the bay and came back in just as it was kickin' above 25 or so....
NDBC - Station COVM2
Pretty ugly out there now! (that's a bit south.. you get the idea though)
Came back... adjusted all my dock lines for the super-duper-extra-high tide we're expecting here in the bay... Repositioned some bumpers and gave a quick check to some of the friends around me to make sure their lines were in order...
|05-11-2008 10:54 PM|
It was cold (and Sunday is torrential rain) so I was working on the boat. Here is what I've got done:
1) new curtains for main salon
2) rebed on of the chainplates (not planned)
3) pad piling with carpet
4) install rubstrakes
5) install handle/lock for engine hatch
6) take down the genoa (yard has to do some work on forestay) and the furling line to replace
7) install new valve in the head intake
|05-11-2008 10:30 PM|
|merlin2375||Another Sunday night is upon us I had a great day sailing on Saturday. The weather actually improved to the point where we saw, that's right, the Sun! Sailed single reefed in the morning but as the afternoon floated by the winds died down a bit. Did a lot of practicing of maneuvers (man over boars) and practiced sailing up to the moorings. I got checked off entirely for ASA 101 though I have to take a simple written exam. No pictures this time around, but I'll try next time|
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