Once out in the channel the weather
was brisk to say the least, force 6 and force 7 occasional 8 was the cry from the radio
. Excellent let's go for it! Bearing in mind this is a motorsailer
it has handled the winds beautifully, 7 knots with wind
power only. We did have one rather serious issue, the gib could not be reefer in we were getting blown through everything in front us, we turned head
slightly to reduce Foresail and it was jammed under the furling
, bad situation with gib flapping like mad and boat being thrown around, quite violently. I crawled forward and lay on the pulpit over bowsprit
, one hand round the boat and one hand to free the jammed furling
. It had been a bit loose at some time and had twisted round under the furling casing, any it was freed quite quickly and we reefed in reduce the pounding.
We were approaching Isle of White in a force 7, the waves when entering the Solent were 5 meters high, minimum. What an excellent experience. Thrilling and terrifying at the same time. As we got into the Solent things calmed down wind and wave wise, but the bloody engine
would not start. (what have I bought, I kept thinking). We sailed to an outer pontoon in Cowes and were quick with mooring
It turns out sea water
has come up the exhaust
and into the engine
. The rough sea's causing this to happen. Not good at all.