Saturday, June 21, 2014

Best sailing day ever?

Had what may have been our best sailing ever today.  Wind was great, Deborah was unfazed, and the boat was apparently tuned just right!

The forecast was for about 12 knots, which for Verboten means the main and blade. We set it up and out we went. High 5 knots and 6 knots by GPS on our first run across the lake. That's a good sign!

As we continued sailing, the wind kept building to the point I was thinking about reefing. Deborah said no, though, so we kept on sailing. GPS started to say 6.3 to 6.4 knots sustained speed on starboard tack, 6.1-6.3 on port. Heck yeah! Got a big sustained blast at one point so I eased the sheets and headed down to a broad reach. Next thing I know we're doing 6.7, 6.8 and even 7 knots - for more than just a blink of the GPS too. Yeee haaaa!  We're planing!

When I checked after we got home, the wind peaked at 13 knots with gusts to 19.  With our tall rig and no reef.  Whoa!

We were a little overpowered through some of this, primarily because the head of the main sail wasn't up to the mark, and I hadn't adjusted the outhaul to flatten the sail. Once I fixed those issues the gusts didn't affect us as badly yet we were still maintaining speeds over 6 knots a lot of the time. That's pretty good for a boat that's not supposed to do more than 6 knots!

Biggest problem we had all day was getting the boat hove to so I could have a potty break. These boats just won't settle down and drift like a full keel boat.

Icing on the cake is that it cost me all of about $8 in fuel (2-ish gallons of diesel) for the 90 mile round trip. Loving the new Jetta TDI!

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