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Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Upstate, South Carolina
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Re: First sail report!
My wife and I sailed Friday from about 11pm (EDIT: A.M.) until the wind quit about 4:30. There's not much to report on Friday. We sailed out about 3 miles while trying to fine tune our skills (yea right). It wasn't overly exciting but nothing really bad happened either.
We ate a local restaurant about 1/2 mile away from the dock... turned on the bluetooth speaker and slept comfortably on the boat which was actually pretty nice. The cabin held the heat of the day nicely. I didn't have to start the heater.
Saturday I launched about 10:30am, motored out about 200 yards and raised the main, then the jib..... run through a few tacks then something really amazing happened. I wish I had the words for this, I let some of the mainsail out and let it take an actual form, the best I could approximate in some of the diagrams.... I steered around in the wind trying to improve on what I was doing. Keep in mind the fastest we've sailed MIGHT be 1.5-2knots though we didn't check.. just creeping.
The short story is the boat heeled over, I swear in my mind I heard the boat groan as the rigging, mast and sails loaded. I no kidding felt the boat accelerate, the bow lifted and there she went to 4knots. I fell out of the groove, found it again, the boat heeled - lifted and we sped to 7knots. I'm sure people heard me laugh all over the lake.
Sailing today was intense. I took one picture, best I could with the tiller held between my legs.
Last edited by spiral_72; 10-24-2015 at 09:56 PM.