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 modest Alberg inventory.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sailing in the dead of winter!

We're in the dead of winter, so the saying goes, that period between mid January and mid February.  I'm hoping we can manage here to eke through the remainder of this month without that surprise storm that dumps white stuff all over our beautiful sun-drenched climate and paralyzes our infrastructure.  We just don't have the machinery to deal with such a thing in the southern USA.

There is no snow in this photograph!

But in the meantime, the season has been good to our climate and so has the sailing.  This brief posting is a video of Baggy Wrinkles at play on a winter day.  These videos never convey the force of the wind but the trained eye will see that a reefed mainsail is not for show, but for maintaining a vessel's capability to make speed over ground in increasing winds.

I had set sail with full mainsail and regular large headsail not sure that the weather forecast would require the dory to reef that day.  But after about 30 minutes out of our club cove, the lake stood up and blew hard.  No problem.  I back-winded the headsail, parking for a few minutes, and put in the first reef with ease, and that was sufficient.  One of these days I'll have to post that procedure.  Comical sometimes itself as it is one frenetic moment in time! As with all my videos, choose HD on the bottom of the YouTube menu bar, to get the best possible quality playback.

I couldn't find my GoPro attachment that day, so I held the camera in one hand, the tiller in the other, and laid back to enjoy the reach across the lake.  One of my favorite musicians, Brian Culbertson, who began recording professionally from his bedroom in high school, has a terrific album out this year and the music is his. I think it fit this day perfectly!  The music track is from my Rhapsody music service so this makes a great audio and visual trip for those of you who are snowed-in during the dead of winter!

Hope this warms you up and gets you ready to sail again!