Baggy Wrinkles

Baggy Wrinkles
S/V Nautica, Hull #614, Built at Whitby Boatworks Ltd., Ontario, Canada 1977, one of the most recognizeable Carl Alberg designs. A masthead sloop displacing 9000 lbs, keel hull, Yanmar 15 hp diesel, LOA 30.27 Beam 8.75, Draft 4.29, roller furling headsail, tiller, berths for 4, interior teak bulkheads, teak cap rail and cockpit teak coamings, 12 volt lighting, aluminum mast support, Harken self tailing winches, in its day was designed for customers as a Cruiser-Racer, the Alberg 30 remains a Classic design of the large Alberg inventory.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer in the south brings heavy humidity and lots of calm days.  That's great for folks in fishing boats and skiing packages and not so good for us sailors.  

And summer light is high overhead here, so it tends to bleach out colors in mid-day like a spot-light with intense heat.  The water reflects that heat and brightness and everything becomes rather unbearable if there is no wind.  I've always been intrigued with the way light creates feelings about environments.  One of my sons was a bit dramatic when he was a toddler and used to say without a smile, eyes asking you to understand, that "today wasn't a right day," or night or whenever.  It's taken me about 40 years to work through that!  I suppose he's still saying it.  But the feeling light brings can effect the same response in me.  Some places just don't feel right because of light and others feel super because of it.  A dark sky and grey water with waning light provokes fear.  Combine light and sun and a bit of breeze, and the feeling is exuberant.  A real difference.  

The other day there was a bit of wind, say about 6 to 10 kts, sailing can be a respite from the intense heat of summer days, and it was that day.  The dory drifted carelessly across the water, the wind did not have a chance to produce enough wave chop to matter much.  It was one of those "perfect" sailing days.  

So I handed my Nikon D3100 to my 1st Mate and she took about 600 photos of Baggy Wrinkles under sail.  Out of that we got about 7% of good photographs that might be useful on this blog or in an article.  

Here are a few of her angles:
This first photo is a classic view from the port quarter, wind out of the East Northeast, you see the sail lines wrapping gracefully over the dory.

Enhanced with a bit of contrast due to the bleaching light, this port reach shows a few wrinkles in the forward edge of the genoa, the dory leaning only slightly in the causual breeze.  Notice the waterline looks perfect for her dimensions.

This is a nice photograph in which you can get a feel for the comfort of sailing the Cape Dory Typhoon.  It's never really a struggle, the hull is so determined and capable, she can slide in a breeze or slice in a storm, she really never complains a bit.  You can sail for hours in this position the only sound being a bit of rudder croaking from left to right as you keep on track.
Each of these photographs was taken at the highest quality and further enhanced with software to bring out the details often missed by the human eye.  If you click on each one you will see a larger image worth perusing a bit due to the high quality of the imagery.  1st Mate did a great job on these, so I might have to contract with her again to take some water shots when the waves are pitching and the dory is laughing in a squall!

Her final shot is now being used above on the headliner for this blog.  A beautiful take showing a graceful Typhoon slicing a gentle breeze on a port-reach.  Take time to notice those brilliant winches!


The density of the photograph draws the eye on this capture.  Our green pines and hardwoods ashore provide some sense of distance to this close-in shot.  Seated leeward, I push the waterline a bit more and hide in the shade of the mainsail as the genoa curves perfectly around pulling Baggy Wrinkles across the cove's silver water.
These are just a few photographs of the Cape Dory Typhoon under sail at Lake Murray.  Delightfully hot summer sailing days will be our fare for another several months.  Perhaps some of the usual hurricane clutter will provide a few humid but windy days as well.  

I'll have to get a tether for the 1st Mate so she can get some action photos of the Cape Dory on one of those more turbulent sailing adventures.