As I mentioned in another post, the fall-winter winds in the Southern USA are perfect for some great sailing. The winds were pushing a gentle 8/12 kts the other day, overcast a bit, yet provided some pleasant sailing on the lake.
A fellow itty-bitty cruiser snapped this photo of Baggy Wrinkles and me returning from the "grande large" to the yacht club cove as we exchanged quick pleasantries and tips on the weather...
|Baggy Wrinkles on a broad reach with the yacht club in the background skies look threatening and cold but it was delightfully mild with a nice bit of wind to propel us across the lake.|
|A bit blurry as Baggy Wrinkles heads upwind toward the docks.|
These two photographs below reveal a bit about the conditions on the lake, the degree of heel at moments pushed to about 30 degrees but that was the exception not the rule. Boat speed was being measured by Sail Droid at anywhere from 4.5 to 6.3 as you see below:
I used the handy radio holder for my LG phone here. I stuck the clinometer to the area just below the hatch doors near the deck sole. Seems to be a good place to check the angle of heel and is out of the way. On this day heel was mostly around 15 degrees. The Typhoon has a niche at which it seems to sail best, and that of course is a balancing act between wind speed, conditions, sheeting, etc. You can read ad infinitum about this on sailing sites. I simply try to be reasonable about the heel because I do want to go forward most of the time rather than side-ways. Too much heel and helm pressure simply becomes a fist-fight with the tiller aboard.
And so this is the result...
|Winch is barber-hauling a bit to bring the genoa closer-in, winds are good and waves are minimal. Conditions were pleasant and temps mild....|