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09-17-2012 01:46 PM
hellosailor
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

"Simple tasks like going below to grab a jacket or make a sandwich became insanely difficult"
Memo: Before rough weather, around the time you are digging out the foulies and seaboots, make up some sandwiches and put them in the top of the cooler. Skip the mayo, mustard, tomato, etc. as it will make them soggy. Or, find a bag of Snickers bars or other pocketable food. It ain't gourmet eating (although the Snickers bars always seem to disappear) but it is a good way to fuel the crew when the galley becomes hard to work with.
09-17-2012 01:09 AM
CalebD
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

Wow! Sounds like you had a really great time on your return trip back down the Sound.
There really is nothing like the splendor and hint of danger of sailing at night. That is why hand holds and sometimes jack lines are important.
09-17-2012 12:58 AM
peterchech
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

Got back home yesterday.

The way back was mostly upwind from Newport. It is so cool to feel the boat heeled over 20-25 degrees and get into that groove, just humming along home. You can feel the power of the sails, and of the boat turning 15 knots wind into 6.5 knots boat speed. I sat on the low side most of the day, trying to nap as much as possible in preparation for the overnight 24 hour passage we had planned to get home. Simple tasks like going below to grab a jacket or make a sandwich became insanely difficult as a gust would now and then get the rail under, and now I know why posters here recommend so many handholds. as night approached, the crew didn't want to sleep so I took the first off watch. I slept till about 1 am, when the crew woke me up and wanted to sleep. I drove for the next 3 hours solo, taking the helm from the autopilot and hand steering to keep alert. Interesting experience, as the seas built to 2-3 footers and we slammed along upwind at full speed and I had some navigational tasks to attend to throughout the night, routing the bot around various shoals and lighthouses. For a while i was seeing shadows on the horizon that i thought were land, and i thought i was on a collision course. After checking and rechecking charts and gps, i realized I was just seeing things and soon enough I saw no more shadows. At 4 am I was relieved, but I kind of wanted to keep steering solo. Something about being by myself under the stars, steering by compass as the boat heaved through the swells, felt awesome. We did 115 miles in that 24 hour period, not bad I think.

I now know for sure that some serious offshore voyages will be in my future. Just sailing the boat, feeling the motions, working towards a goal, forgetting all else worldly and mundane to life, and the up close interaction with nature and its elements, makes u feel alive. Pushing the boat, keeping it moving fast, watching the froth pass by the hull while just ticking away the miles, is its own reward. And getting to the destination and having that harbor beer is the icing on the cake
09-13-2012 11:07 PM
Leocat66
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

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Originally Posted by peterchech View Post
All is well, the first night we experienced a sudden change in conditions. From 8 knots wind and mirror seas to 20 gusting at least 25 and 4' breaking seas and rain. Happened within literally less than 2 minutes, spilling our late evening snacks all over haha. With the darkness and the crew feeling tired we decided to seek harbor. The next two days we were sailing in small craft advisory conditions in the sound, great fun with the 50% jib up and reefed main doing 7-8 knots in the gusts but only 4 in between, riding the swells. Glad we took the sound since crew fatigue that first night was a factor. Other than that we got to the block, had a great time, got to Newport in time for the boat show, and are heading back this afternoon.

Incidentally I met the designer of the new c&c 33, got a tour of the boat too, super cool.
Thank You PC for posting. Interesting, and we are glad to see you had a safe adventure.
09-13-2012 09:27 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

Glad to hear it went well and you made the right call when crew was fatigued. Sign of a good Captain.

Let us know if the show is worth visiting this year. I usually avoid the crowds and prefer the Annapolis show. However, I can't make it south this year and am considering Newport. Maybe best in a new thread.
09-13-2012 09:25 AM
skygazer
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

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All is well.....
Very glad to hear it! Thanks for the follow up.
09-13-2012 09:16 AM
peterchech
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

All is well, the first night we experienced a sudden change in conditions. From 8 knots wind and mirror seas to 20 gusting at least 25 and 4' breaking seas and rain. Happened within literally less than 2 minutes, spilling our late evening snacks all over haha. With the darkness and the crew feeling tired we decided to seek harbor. The next two days we were sailing in small craft advisory conditions in the sound, great fun with the 50% jib up and reefed main doing 7-8 knots in the gusts but only 4 in between, riding the swells. Glad we took the sound since crew fatigue that first night was a factor. Other than that we got to the block, had a great time, got to Newport in time for the boat show, and are heading back this afternoon.

Incidentally I met the designer of the new c&c 33, got a tour of the boat too, super cool.
09-11-2012 11:01 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

The OP's profile says they last signed on this morning. Good to know they're okay, but apparently not talking about it.
09-11-2012 09:52 PM
Leocat66
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

I was hoping to get some feed back from the OP on just how the trip went and which route they chose. Maybe it is too soon to expect a post, but apparently all must be well.

I must say that I am intrigued and impressed by the extra challenges faced by east and west coast sailors, like serious tides and rocky and unforgiving coastal features, which we, down on the GOM, do not have to deal with for the most part.
09-08-2012 10:59 PM
downhill
Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

it looks like you could get your "offshore" experience on the sound this weekend. Take it! Even a 24hour straight sailing can be done, but the best part is that if you feel that you need a break, just duck in one of those CT harbors. Perfect.
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