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Slapped him up side the head and made him silly, I did.. He probably pouted all through dinner in the slip last night, while I reveled in a gorgeous anchorage.
It all started as I was sailing out the Tred Avon past the Yacht club, a lovely sail on a beat against the tide, but still moving at 5 kts over the ground. This beautiful Hinckley motors past me and clears Red 2 before hoisting sail. Now, a quarter mile or so ahead of me on the same tack, begins to pull away. But just as I'm finally clearing the channel and getting out of the worst of the foul tide, he tacks back toward the channel... Aha, I got 'im.
Three deep tacks into the shallows later, I crossed his bow by about 200 yds. He tacked on my stern to cover, but wasn't pointing well enough to make the shoal at Bachelor Point, had to tack up a bit and soon was pointed at my stern again. By this time, I'm a half mile ahead.
At Castle Haven, the wind bends in funny ways. We weren't going to make Castle Haven in one tack and with the Hinckley closing to less than 1/4 mile now, I tacked when I thought I could get a lift from the wind bending around Castle Haven.
Excellent! He tacked to cover, when he should have stood on and tacked on my stern. Sure enough a minute or so after the tack, I got a 15 degree lift and he didn't.
By the time I cleared Castle Haven on the last of the flood tide, Hinckley boy was 3/4 mile downwind and tacking to cover. Sorry bucko, but now you get a foul tide to boot! As I entered the channel at LaTrappe, he was clearing Castle Haven and set a course apparently for Cambridge.
It's good to be back where I have some local wind knowledge...
It's good to be back on the shore.
Unskilled and Unaware
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