1st Mate and I were out for a sail the other day and enjoyed 10kts/15gusts for several hours. Still with no "iron jib," so to speak, as the 3 horsepower assist is in the shop for a little repair of its cam device. I guess the little Nissan outboard is getting a degree in mechanics, it is taking so long for it to be repaired.
We were delighted that after our sail we were able to return to port under the main sail and arrive, bow first, into the wind at the sailing club without fanfare. Fanfare would involve drama, and this little yacht needs no drama, nor does its skipper! Sailing seems to involve a bit of controlled chaos at times but this day was an easy sail. If only we had had a waiter on board to serve drinks and crudités of some sort. Oh well, that's another yacht, another day perhaps.
And this video sequence below includes a bit of Go Pro nonsense. The1st Mate got me a Go Pro some months ago and since then I've been using it for some of my solo sails as you might have noted in this blog. This entry provides a view of the Skipper and 1st Mate underway after a good day of sailing in the open water. The winds have calmed a bit in this particular part of the lake. Since the Nissan is missing in action, we had to insure that with our downwind position to the sailing club, we did not have much sail in the wind. But no reefing was necessary.
The action is to flake the Genoa, then jibe, so that the sail is to starboard and I can turn Baggy Wrinkles sharply back into the wind about 20 feet from the loading dock. Coming and going in a port is the adventurous part of sailing to me. Take about 3 minutes to watch this episode. At least the music is fun:
Thought this was pretty entertaining. Plus, my 1st Mate is a terrific partner aboard! She finally did discover how to get the Go-Pro off the taff-rail but that was later on while the Go-Pro was still filming us hauling out the Dory.
Watching this arrival at port in a sped-up version illustrates the variety of tasks that must be accomplished even on a little vessel. The good thing is we made it back to port under sail power!