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And then there are days like yesterday....

The forecast was for a solid 20 knots of wind slightly south of east. Well that's Ok, we're headed slightly west of south. There'll be no need to make easting on this trip, a rare day of sailing in the Eastern Caribbean. That is our mantra when sailing down here; make all the easting we can, early in the trip. With the winds generally from the east and the current generally setting west, a mile or so of easting can make or break a trip. We hate those long slogs under power directly into the wind to get into a bay we might have made under sail, had we pushed her just a bit more to the east.
Oh well, none of that this day. As usual, we ran from Port Elizabeth to West Cay under jib alone. The wind is usually fluctuating 15 degrees on either side if dead astern, so we don't raise the main until we round West Cay. But it was a swift trip anyway, as the funnel of Admiralty Bay had the breeze a bit above the outside winds.
Rounding West Cay the seas were somewhat smaller than we expected, as the wind had been blowing for quite a few days at 20 to 25 knots. We cranked in the Yankee to a beam reach and rolled out the main to the deep reef position, the norm for West Indian winter sailing. It was immediately apparent we were under powered, but we waited a bit till we were well clear of Bequia's influence before we decided to let out more sail. After about 15 minutes we brought the main out to a very shallow reef.
What a sleigh ride! Sails set just slightly forward of a beam reach and Skipping Stone was strutting her stuff. Virtually no helm and seas abaft the beam; perfect! Out goes the fish line and fingers are crossed. Not that we need fish tonite as we had arranged to have dinner at Vanessa and Sekkie's place on the beach in Chatham, but it's always nice to have fish in the fridge. However, it wasn’t looking promising as the day wore on; there are no birds around and flying fish were few and far between. OK Neptune, we'll hedge the odds. Out comes the 12 foot outrigger and instantly the lure is bubbling away like the flying fish it is meant to represent. What fish can resist that?
We threat between a few squalls, only getting a slight dusting of rain, but the calms before and after are frustrating. Then we’re barreling along again. The outrigger clip snaps and it’s a nice cuda, which Nikki steaks up and puts in the fridge. Thank you.
We sail to anchor in Chatham Bay, Union Island and remark at how much fun this sail was. These are the days we get as payment for those other less pleasant, more stressful ones. But really, they're all better than the alternative, to us. Thank you Neptune for the excellent day.
Stats: 29.2 miles, 6.5k average, 10.7k max speed, 24.2k max wind out of the east. Average speed w/o the run from Port Elizabeth to West Cay and the tacking into Chatham under Yankee alone was around 7.4 knots. Not at all bad for this old 77,000# girl, with just the Yankee and a lightly reefed main.
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Re: And then there are days like yesterday....

Sounds like a good one, Capta..

Steady rain and 5-6 deg C here today...
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Sounds like a good one, Capta..

Steady rain and 5-6 deg C here today...
You have my deepest condolences.

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Re: And then there are days like yesterday....

Capta,

We are waiting here for a Noreaster w/Snow Tuesday. Mid March winter on the Cape won't let go.


PS - Do you bring riggers on Skipping Stone or did you put release clips on a spinnaker pole or something ....thinking of copying your idea...
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Re: And then there are days like yesterday....

Hmmmm, not bad.

I did an eval on 2 properties we need to renovate then snaked out a sewer drain (shoveling up the cleanout and all). I really do not enjoy sloshing around in other peoples' shi!t.

Always remember, it could be worse.
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Re: And then there are days like yesterday....

I thought winter was over so I had taken off the boom tent and bent the sails back on. The forecast is for somewhere between 6 inches and 100 feet of snow😎 so today I put the boom tent back on and then put the plow and chains on the tractor. I'd much rather be where you are Capta. After all this I'm guessing we'll get 1/2 an inch. Schools of course will be closed and there will be a run on milk,bread and toilet paper!

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PS - Do you bring riggers on Skipping Stone or did you put release clips on a spinnaker pole or something ....thinking of copying your idea...
Picked up a real rigger in Martinique. Still working out the bugs, but I think it will help in these depleted waters.
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Re: And then there are days like yesterday....

.....and I'm sitting here hoping my winter cover holds up over the next couple of days.

I dream of the day where planning my return to New England has barely occurred to me by mid-Mar.


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Re: And then there are days like yesterday....

12 to 18 inches of snow forecast for me tomorrow and Wednesday, and in just 5 short weeks the boat goes in the water. Damned I hate winter in Maryland.

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Re: And then there are days like yesterday....

Up and in a holding pattern, going to be a long 24+ hours in a plow truck, after 4 days of bitter cold!
This has got to be the wierdest Canadian winter I've seen, +12C on day -16C the next. Big snow then it all melts off......

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