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1 Week Ago 05:26 PM
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Most recent vid in our Carib Trip series...

We FINALLY make Florida! After crossing Mobile Bay and getting back into the ICW we make our way to Palafox Pier Marina in Pensacola. We tie up and survey our hot mess of a sailboat, then decide to blow off the chores for some food, sand, sun, and fun. Who wants to work in a place like this?

3 Weeks Ago 10:37 AM
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Hey you are back!!! That's great!!
3 Weeks Ago 10:23 AM
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Originally Posted by aeventyr60 View Post
Sailing in Sumatra...Trimming a new jib...
That's a Beautiful Freakin' Scarf!

I'd say Sumatra is treating you well, my friend.
3 Weeks Ago 08:09 AM
SV Siren
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Originally Posted by aeventyr60 View Post
Sailing in Sumatra...Trimming a new jib...
I like the cut of your jib....
3 Weeks Ago 01:54 AM
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Sailing in Sumatra...Trimming a new jib...
3 Weeks Ago 10:51 PM
midwesterner I did a bare boat charter of a Catalina 30 out of The Keys the last week of March. Nice weather, fair winds.
3 Weeks Ago 07:50 PM
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Originally Posted by Lazerbrains View Post
Yeah, those both seem equivalent....
In the sense that they could change the world as we know it.....
3 Weeks Ago 04:25 PM
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Originally Posted by Skipper Jer View Post
Oh what a great grand and marvelous day today is. The Smack is back and the Paris deal is out!
Yeah, those both seem equivalent....
3 Weeks Ago 04:13 PM
Skipper Jer
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Oh what a great grand and marvelous day today is. The Smack is back and the Paris deal is out!
3 Weeks Ago 03:43 PM
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Originally Posted by Minnesail View Post
I don't think it counts as a BFS since it happened on a small city lake, but we had a fun day last Sunday.

A low pressure system was moving through and the airport (which is nearby) showed winds around 20 knots with gusts to 36 knots.

My wife and I went over to the lake to get some lunch before sailing. As we ate we watched a Montgomery 17 get knocked down a couple times far enough to dip the spreaders, and we saw a Hobie 16 capsize and have a bit of trouble righting.

Just absolutely freaky wind. As in, the main and jib would fill from different directions. At one point I watched my windex rotate completely around the boat, more than 360. This lake always has fluky winds, being a city lake with lots of trees and buildings around, but this was the freakiest I've seen it.

We put a reef in the main and used our smallest jib and had fun, but it was a lot of work since we were constantly changing direction and trim. My wife compared it to a cooking show where the chef would "put a roast in at 350, change it to 125, back to 500, put in a frying pan for two minutes, then throw it back in the oven with a bag of ice and put in on a cleaning cycle."

But we got up above hull speed and left a nice wake a couple times, and made an excellent dock return under sail.

We went back to the restaurant for a post-sail beer and to watch the fun. I have an extreme zoom camera that we used that to watch a Flying Scot on the other side of the lake completely fail to make progress to windward, and eventually get stuck in the trees (this lake is deep right up to the edge). We watched them tie it off to the trees and leave.

When one of the 36 knot gusts hit a kayak right in front of us capsized! She wasn't wearing a PFD and was unable to re-board her kayak, but she was close enough to shore to swim it back. I asked if she was cold (the water is chilly and the air temp was around 70) but she seemed mostly concerned that she lost her glass of wine.

Good times.
The body of water means nothing in relation to the BFS. So, let's do a rundown...

Freak winds over 25? Check.
Boats falling over all over the place? Check.
Controlled run out and back with a docking under sail? Check.
Wife making cooking comparisons to how awesome the BFS is? Check.
Booze? Check.

Oh hell yeah!

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