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Sailing The Write Byte

2005.01.01

Happy New Year.

Life is Good. What a beautiful day for a sail. With Temps hovering around 60 and light and variable winds, John Motsko and I had a spectacular day on the water. The first couple of pics however require a little explanation...

So... We get out there and there's not a breath of wind we can physically sense. But, we're in no hurry to go anywhere so we drift with the outgoing tide for a while with the sails up. As we get pushed closer and closer to the shoal at Hambrook light, enough of a breeze comes up that we're able to make some forward progress. We decide to do a 180 degree Gybe to see if we can make some forward progress away from the shoal.

Mid Gybe, the "wind" dies again and now the boat, while not making any forward progress is at least pointed dead into the tide. We are sort of hovering there in one spot, the lift of the keel and a slight pressure on the fully eased main sail holding us in one spot.

John and I continue our lively conversation, spinning lies as sailors do. At some point, John notices that we are moving forward, though something is really odd about it... here's the thing. We are pointed directly into the outgoing tide which is running fairly fast at this point. The main is eased way to starboard, but is backwinded, though it apparently does not have enough pressure to swing the boom. The "Wind" such as it is, comes from our port quarter, entirely appropriate to be pushing the eased main to starboard... except for that backwinded thing... The Jib is trimmed hard on the wind to Starboard (for a port tack) as we hadn't eased it during our attempted gybe. Anyway, it was so odd, we had to take a picture of it...


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