I'm an ******* too - and arrogant.
but back to my original points:
"wont make way to windward in 20 knots"
well....what about this then?:
That's me and "Nomad" out frollicking last spring.
25 gusting to 30 knots, mixed west and southwest swell, short period and breaking. I'm in 200 feet of water
, about 10 miles out of MDR, off of m
Malibu. As usual, no other boats were out. I'd estimate the biggest waves at around 10 feet this day, but I've given up on estimating wave hieghts at sea, because there is no fixed frame of refference. I can tell you that they were much larger than they appear here, as ever with film.
That's my 80% working jib
and 1 reef in the main, close hauled under autopilot
. She is making about 5.5 knots, and as you can see, she absolutely LOVES having her rail under, and is a JOY to sail under such conditions.
no engine, she beat out there against those confused seas and strong winds.
And Ive had her out in much bigger (breaking - like at the beach) waves and even stronger winds.
Was I terrified?
Hell, for the first year I was terrified EVERY SINGLE
TIME I WENT OUT. I thought I was gonna die in my little boat, but I kept on going out - all alone, becuase all my freinds have thier priorities screwed up and have full time jobs that they hate.
Then, a funny
I learned how to SAIL her, and I learned to TRUST her, and I noticed that as conditions got worse, she became more stable. Properly rigged, canvassed, helmed, and trimmed, she just digs in and blasts through. Keep her powered up. These are the conditions she was designed for - rough and off-shore.
The roughest day I was out was this spring. It was a wednesday, and a huge, wierd, breaking sea was rolling in from an offshore
gale to the west, along with 20 knot
Wednesday is race night, and after being out all day (alone) on the bay, I came back in to watch the fleet head
out, because there are some amazingly good sailors in MDR, and two big transpac sleds, "Pendragon" and "Margaritaville" with big professional crews that dual for line honors all summer.
This promised to be interesting - the seas looked to me to be averging around 10 feet, with the largest exceeding 15 feet, and it was blowing hard, and they were breaking. Many boats simply turned around and abandoned the race.
but not those two.
The course is always a windward/leward one, so they beat out and run or broad reach back.
...and the big boys dont reef. They put up a small jib
, and play the traveler, because damed if they are gonna reef.
And so I decided to watch the show. I hove to in about 40 feet of water
- so you can imagine the sea state.
and those big boats were getting HAMMERED. I mean knocked on thier beam ends, masts whipping around wildly, crews scrambling for the rail...it was mayhem.
then I saw it:
A 40 foot plus Tartan with a blue hull
, limping back into the harbor under power.
seems her rig couldnt stand the strain.
like a duck.
I dont bullshit.
...and there is a "sail zone" up the main chanell at MDR where you sail, and power "lanes" to either side -
If you vist, please keep the "no sail" bouys to port entering and exiting under power, so I dont have to tack to avoid you.