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4 Days Ago 08:02 PM
Slayer
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by ianjoub View Post
Ahhh, I grew up in Scituate. I was hoping to catch a pic of the harbor. I'm sure it has changed a bit, I moved out in '83...
Check my photo albums. I got a handful there, but they are not too great. Shot with my iPad
4 Days Ago 07:34 PM
ianjoub
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by Slayer View Post
From Scituate to Boston Harbor yesterday. 15 knot winds gusting to 30 with 3-5 foot seas. We were sailing a Pearson 36 with only a 135 genoa, no Main. The rails were in the water and water splashing across the bow. Felt like temps were in the low forties; not sure but my nipples were harder than Chinese Algebra. I've sailed in bigger winds and seas but got video of this to post. So maybe not BFS, but some yahoo moments!!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gsmXx0DDGdU
Ahhh, I grew up in Scituate. I was hoping to catch a pic of the harbor. I'm sure it has changed a bit, I moved out in '83...
4 Days Ago 07:32 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by Slayer View Post
From Scituate to Boston Harbor yesterday. 15 knot winds gusting to 30 with 3-5 foot seas. We were sailing a Pearson 36 with only a 135 genoa, no Main. The rails were in the water and water splashing across the bow. Felt like temps were in the low forties; not sure but my nipples were harder than Chinese Algebra. I've sailed in bigger winds and seas but got video of this to post. So maybe not BFS, but some yahoo moments!!!

Oh hell yeah!!

4 Days Ago 07:05 PM
Slayer
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

From Scituate to Boston Harbor yesterday. 15 knot winds gusting to 30 with 3-5 foot seas. We were sailing a Pearson 36 with only a 135 genoa, no Main. The rails were in the water and water splashing across the bow. Felt like temps were in the low forties; not sure but my nipples were harder than Chinese Algebra. I've sailed in bigger winds and seas but got video of this to post. So maybe not BFS, but some yahoo moments!!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gsmXx0DDGdU
2 Weeks Ago 10:13 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by Multihullgirl View Post
Friends, and we, video'ed some of our BFS (well they were BFS to us):

Dauphin Island Race, 2011
Dauphin Island Race 2011 - YouTube

First charter in the BVI
BVI Trip 2007 Weather.mov - YouTube

Getting our cat home, last leg, from Sarasota to Pensacola:
Offshore Pensacola - YouTube
Tom Stokes driving, offshore panhandle Florida - YouTube
Sorry - a little late coming into this one...but definitely...

Oh hell yeah!!

2 Weeks Ago 01:34 PM
Caribbeachbum
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Freshwater reservoir last Saturday (Percy Priest Lake, Nashville), winds about 18MPH sustained with 30+MPH, long-duration gusts. Pulled out of marina around 11am, lots of boats out, including a dinghy regatta getting underway.

Rocketed down the lake under main-only. The Kelt 7.60 sails beautifully and is well balanced under only the main when properly trimmed. Thirty-forty minutes or so later, tacked in front of the dam and headed back up the lake.

Surprised - no boats in sight. Sure, the wind freshened a bit, but no reason for everyone else to race to the marina. The wife and I were having a blast, yanking the boat around, sailing this small (but blue-water-capable) boat around like it was a dinghy. Awesome! Of course, we were being reckless and having fun. So yes, we had not one, but two uncommanded jibes, which are quite scary when the wind is kicking up this hard!

Booming up the lake on a perfect beam reach, the boat was on a 20-degree heel with just the main up. Just friggin’ BIG. More recklesness, I decided hey, let’s let out the genoa! Brilliant! Shortly after I started, the wind caught it and unfurled it for me. Gotta tail that furling line! The sheet was cleated loosely and the sail powerered up; and then the boat went waaaayyy over. I thought we might fall out, but naturally the rudder came out of the water and the ass-end of the boat slid around, luffing the sails into the wind. If anyone needs an concise description of a broach, please send ‘em to me...

Anyway, last turn into the wind and my main just gave up:



Here’s to a perfect day!
2 Weeks Ago 10:34 AM
RTB
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
The boys and I had a great time hanging out with RTB (and his wife) and bob77903 down near Galveston. It's always great to meet up with SNers and talk BFS.
Hey, thanks for lunch and great conversation. You and your sons are looking good. Wow, I forgot how young boys can eat.

Ralph
2 Weeks Ago 09:22 AM
Multihullgirl
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Friends, and we, video'ed some of our BFS (well they were BFS to us):

Dauphin Island Race, 2011

First charter in the BVI

Getting our cat home, last leg, from Sarasota to Pensacola:
2 Weeks Ago 09:48 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

The boys and I had a great time hanging out with RTB (and his wife) and bob77903 down near Galveston. It's always great to meet up with SNers and talk BFS.

RTB's wife even gave us a chart for the Gulf! Now I can actually claim to have an actual paper chart aboard!

Also installed lazy jacks! Write up for that coming soon in my other thread.

Thanks RTB and bob77903!
4 Weeks Ago 10:43 AM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by ultraclyde View Post
Okay, I had a BFS this weekend. Well, actually, it's a small freakin sail to anyone else, but I just started sailing. This was my third time actually taking a boat out. I've had no training, but I did read Sailing for Dummies ( no, really.) The admiral and I took out 14' daysailer (with 110 sq ft of sail and no way to reef) out on the lake since we actually had good wind for the first time since we bought the boat. As we were rigging in the ramp parking lot two other sailboats - an AMF 17 and a 25' weekender headed out. Main up, jib up, we headed out of the cove dead down wind. As we hit the main lake both other boats passed us headed back in. Maybe we should have suspected something....

We ended up running a broad reach straight up the lake under full sail with 13 kt sustained winds and off-weather gusts close to 22 kts. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but the little boat was smoking along. The gusts were kicking us over pretty well but not enough to get a rail in water. I had the sail trimmed way loose to bleed some power though. My wife hasn't even read the book and she managed to fight the jib successfully through the whole affair. After an hour we turned her through the wind and came back down the lake for another hour, then started fighting dead into the wind up the narrow cove to the ramp. Once I realized we were progressing dead astern we decided to switch to motor. We eventually managed to take down both sails - my wife climbed up on the foredeck and took down the hank-on jib then we took down the main while I fought the motor and tiller to head into the gusts. Both were major fights of "How the hell do you do this??!!" Once down we motored up the cove (Minn Kota C30, big power) and dropped anchor to drink a couple cold beers and collect our thoughts before hitting the trailer.

If you had any experience sailing at all it would have been a perfect day on the lake, not a BFS at all. I learned a lot, and by next season I'll be praying for wind like that, but it sure made for a tense, exciting ride THIS time. We were both worn out by the time we got to the dock.
You're going out when other boats are coming in?

Oh hell yeah!!



Great job ultra! Perfect example of a BFS.
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