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Yesterday was a great day- winds 10 mph WSW, and plenty of sun. Had the wife and pup with me, which meant there would be less heeling on this trip. The crew needs to toughen up!
Leaving the creek under main alone, I turn to port to round the first buoy. Lo and behold, I look over my shoulder and see what looked like a BEAUTIFUL 27 foot Compac or Pacific Seacraft (not sure what it was exactly, but it had a big bowsprit) coming out from under the New Bern bridge. It was flying a huge genoa way off its port side, and it was closing fast.
It NEVER seems to be windy when you want it, so I wanted to take full advantage of this breezy day. I rolled the 100 jib out, and it was ON! That 27 foot mega-yacht was not going to pass me on this day. We are both running now, but she is still closing. The channel isn't very wide at this point, so there isn't anything I can do, other than grin and bear it. Fairfield Harbour up ahead, I know the wind will pick up in that wide bay, but now I can see the helmsman's evil grin!
We barely make it into the open water as he is at 7:00 off our stern. I can't beat him running, so I bear off to starboard about 20 degrees. There is something I have learned about this awesome sport. There are few things more addictive than making an adjustment and FEELING the boat as it just takes off!
The crew was down below eating potato chips and mumbling something about Captain Bligh, while I screamed "What is our speed? WHAT IS OUR [email protected]?!" Eventually a hand comes out:

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The other boat maintained its course, but I found that our boat was making much better time by bearing off and pinching back occasionally.
They never passed us. It was a great day.
 

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Welcome to my world :)
You need some instruments visible from the helm, speed through water, speed over ground (and depth) at a minimum. Then you can actually see what differences your sail trim or point of sail are making.
You also appear to be going so fast that you're below sea-level.
 

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I noticed that, we were like Red October out there!
Have depth fixed-mounted. On this day, the Admiral had the Ipad. Going to eventually put it on a swing arm from inside the cabin. That is the only way I think I can avoid the screen glare.
 

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.. and surely you can change your speed settings to Knots rather than MPH..;)

btw, I've embedded your pic by using the IMG CODE link option.. saves us a click...
 

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I personally like to see speed through water in addition to speed over ground, can't get that with an iPad.
 

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7.2 MPH = 6.25663 knots
 

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I personally like to see speed through water in addition to speed over ground, can't get that with an iPad.
I agree. I only use SOG (in knots) to determine if there is a current. I use the knot meter to determine performance since the reading is instantaneous. GPS speed lags boat speed considerably because it's an average and subject to GPS accuracy which can vary (hence the -18' depth reading).

Going to eventually put it on a swing arm from inside the cabin.
You may wish to invest in a knotmeter for better accuracy and reliability in the weather. Swing arms have a tendency to explode when a crew member slams into one when the boat takes a hop.
 
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