Monday, April 16, 2012
just what I needed
It was breezier, sunnier and hotter than forecast yesterday. I'll take it.
My sails so far this year had been in light to moderate winds and I really wanted to deal with more wind before I got on the walkabout in less than two weeks. The forecast was for 13 or 14 mph of wind out of the southwest. It turned out to be out 18 with gusts in the low 20's. Perfect.
I would have had a hard time rigging if not for the deck slot. Winds in the high teens are why I put the slot there in the first place and raising the mast was easy. With the strong winds I spent most of the day heeled over - the anchor bucket stayed securely where it was supposed to be. So both innovations from this past winter worked well.
I tucked two reefs into the main as I set up the rig. The red line is the outhaul for the first reef, the green line is for the second. After 30 minutes or so I dropped the main, there was too much wind to carry even that. So I spent most of the day under mizzen and jib. This is what I like the yawl rig - I was able to sail all day in gusty conditions, perfectly balance and in control. That photograph at the top shows Spartina moving along at a steady 6+ knots. Not too bad for a boat with a hull speed of just over 5 knots.
Temperatures got up into the 80's, the skies were clear and lots of friendly waves from other sailors. It was a great day to be on the water. I feel like I'm ready for the spring trip (now I better start checking on my food supplies).