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Old 08-10-2014, 18:58   #1
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I think Ill call it harmony....

Im a newbie, just purchased my first sailboat, a 78 Catalina30 and did a solo trip down the coast for 10 hrs to get to my haulout location for winter.
I waited for a fine day with light winds, 10 knots gusting to 15 and disappearing altogether on occasion. Seas were mild and the day perfect.

I was sailing wsw into the wind and enjoyed practicing tacking , and adjusting the sails as best as I could figure with my limited knowledge but as the day waned I realized I would be running late and arrive after dark if I didnt move along. I ended up sailing very close to the wind and had to motor sail on occasion to keep pace when the wind lulled , the unintended consequence was that I found myself going off track a bit and back filling the sail, even getting spun-around in a circle if I didn't pay enough attention to the tiller.
While this was annoying I got some great experience trying to find the "sweet spot" into the wind. I discovered a magical sensation when the sail would fill and the angle would be right and the boat would leap ahead and you could just "feel" you did it right , This sensation is addictive to me, I can only describe it as harmony between the wind,seas, sails and tiller.
I think Im hooked
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Old 08-10-2014, 19:13   #2
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Re: I think Ill call it harmony....

Welcome to the madness.
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Re: I think Ill call it harmony....

Sounds like a great sail! Motorsailing is a way of life if you need to be there before dark! Now you just need an auto pilot.
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Old 08-10-2014, 19:41   #4
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Re: I think Ill call it harmony....

Sounds like an awesome, and long day! Congrats on your boat! My parents always had Catalinas, and I love them. Does it have that nice aft head configuration?
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Old 08-10-2014, 19:46   #5
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Sounds like an awesome, and long day! Congrats on your boat! My parents always had Catalinas, and I love them. Does it have that nice aft head configuration?
Thanks, she has a head on the port side behind the vee berth
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Sounds like you are. Good luck!
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Re: I think Ill call it harmony....

As Oldragbaggers said - Welcome to the madness!!
It's an amazing one too!
My only critique: She's not a "it", she a 'her'.
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