I sailed South from Onancock, VA to Kiptopeke on Saturday in front of a pretty strong NW Wind
of 20-25 knots. I was the only boat to leave the safe harbor of Onancock that morning because I wanted to get out of the creek before the winds really picked up from the passing front to catch a ride 50 miles South.
To get out of the creek safely, I had to use my mainsail
because I had to sail quite close to the wind
in the channel at times to get out and due to the waves I knew the engine
would need help.
Once out it was so rough I didn't want to go forward to lower the main for my downwind/broad reaching run so I had to fight the tiller all day.............for 6 hours none stop while the boat continually wanted to round up. But at times I had to head
up some to avoid running aground. You don't have that problem in blue water
I don't guess.
Every time a wave broke from behind I just headed low quickly. It was a hell of a workout, and the first time I ever saw my bow pulpit railing below the waves forward.
So I wanted to see how a boat similar to mine with the proper sails up (head sails only) would perform in similar conditions. This guy is dealing with larger seas than I had to deal with but the waves in the bay were much closer together. Plus the autopilot
would not handle the conditions. Also the Twister is maybe 3,000 heavier than my Bristol.
This then is a Twister 28 (Full Keel) on a fast downwind run.
TWISTER 28 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com