Oh, we had great weather
other than one or two days of downpour when we were snugly moored up in Cherbourg. No complaints at all, and we had plenty of wind both ways contrary to all of the forecasts. The photo
was made on the way back, St. Vaast -- Studland, 70-odd miles in 9-odd hours, a pace for a 200-mile day, by far the fastest passage
I've ever made in any sailboat. We were indeed well reefed as we were close-hauled almost the whole way and the wind was mostly 25-ish.
On the way down we were on a beam reach, and had every scrap of canvas
up even up to 25 knots.
Oddly, we never saw another pleasure boat. We had to dodge one ship on the way down and two on the way up, but the ship traffic was also less dense than what I imagined. Just a big wide ocean, mostly.
Concerning jamming in-mast furlers I think we now both know-- don't let the boom come up when furling
. For the rest of the trip I was very careful to keep some tension on the leech and the system never worked so well.