So the weather turned foul, sunny skies overhead disappeared, and rain filled squalls began crawling over the horizon one after another, blowing and huffing like it might try to push Baggy Wrinkles over. But the first reef was working great and we had by now committed to the objective of arriving as close to Bomb Island as possible before running downwind to safe port.
Rain just makes things uncomfortable. Cold rain makes things miserable. Hard, cold rain makes you play out conversations in your head. A whipping wind, with a hard, cold rain, makes you wonder why in the world you ever came out in the stuff. Well it wasn't really that bad. Getting a face full of spray every few minutes was actually rather comical and I had to laugh out-loud when it happened even if no one was around to hear. The GoPro was so overwhelmed with wind noise that it never heard me either.
The forecast on the radio continued to chatter with the same monotonous mantra, "winds ten to twenty miles per hour will continue throughout the day..." So much of that. Had to turn off the radio to keep sane. While I was warm enough, the water was a bit cool and reminded me how nice it was going to be to run with the wind home. But in this sequence of video below, you can see how the little Cape Dory Typhoon takes the wind as I tack westward into the wind to reach Bomb Island. As always, click on HD and full screen, for the best video quality.
By the time we'd sailed south, past Bomb Island, the turn-around brought us into her lee and the winds scooted right over our mast creating a small quiet refuge about 100 feet off her shores. I thought about testing the Danforth anchor down below but remembered how lake winds are often fickle and can die in a few minutes to the unsuspecting, leaving one stranded miles from their port. Unless you have a trusty motor like mine or Boat US towing, you're out of luck! However, that I had no crew with which to chat, or to toss an anchor, thoughts of a warmer cruise home made a downwind run more attractive.
This is undoubtedly my last sail of 2014 and a great way to finish off the year. The sailing season continues into 2015 even if a bit chilly on some days!