Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Southern QLD, Bayside
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Last year, when we bent the prop shaft, 60 miles from a marina - so no engine), I sailed on a beat from Digby Is. to Mackay Marina. In 35kn SW which shifted to a Westerly and some choppy seas; through the edge of the Coal ship anchorage. It was an experience I never want to try again, but it worked sweet. The pen was on the outside, so was easy to slide into.
As I lined up the entrance to the harbour, and skooted along the southerly breakwater, a 6m fibreglass speedboat appeared, fishing along the wall. I could have reached out and touched him - it unnerved him a little, I can say. In the harbour, I dropped the main and furled most of the genny, used it to round up and then off the wind to slide to the marina end and into the pen. (about 500m from the harbour entrance)
It was a little stressful until my wife stepped off with the fwd and aft springs.
If I can sail into a marina pen in 35kn of breeze (no engine), any one can!
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