Had a great sail today. That's not really much to say on most days, but to have done that in the dead of Winter on a brilliantly sunny day with bearable temps and stiff breeze is something to say! I post this with great hesitation as I realize many of the Cape Dory discussion board (CDSOA) are socked-in up in New England during the heavy storm Juno, the nor'easter bringing what appears to be record cold and snow in that region.
Having splashed Baggy Wrinkles on Sunday afternoon, she was waiting on me Monday. Forecast was for 15 miles per hour with gusts to 20 or 25. And so it was. Once again, nobody was out on the lake in my vicinity. I don't like a crowd, so that was fine with me!
|This cove area protects the water surface from building waves and provides a cleaner run of about 1 mile in any direction.|
Once arrived at the dory, I searched in vain for my sail ties and discovered I'd left those at the house. Brilliance. Had to set the jib and forgo reefing the mainsail. She blew over a bit but in the flat waters of the cove but nothing out of the ordinary. The sailing was brisk and bright, a good pick-me-up in the midst of this harsh Winter in the South.
Winds are supposed to be 5 to 12 for the next day or so, but these blows tend to be fickle at best if they blow. And many times, the best winds are these brisk front trailing winds. Will see what tomorrow brings!