Well, I made it. Left Savannah 1030am Friday. Forecast
was perfect (foreshadowing here). Motored out the Savannah making 9mph sog. Went 15 miles offshore
, checking forecast
which was for diminishing winds overnight. I had enough diesel
up the coast, no problem. Gonna be a milkrun (cue scary music
...) for my first solo offshore
sail and first trip in my new to me boat.
But the forecast was wrong. Very Very wrong. Winds started piping up about 10pm. Hmm, this can't be. Forecast was for dying wind
. I'll wait to reef cuz the winds must be about to die. By midnight the winds were 25 - 30 knots seas 6-8 ft. Running downwind under a reefed Jib
only still over powered. Moon down about 11pm. DARK. Every 5 minutes or so a waterfall would approach from behind. Try to round up the boat and heel her 20 degrees either way and pitch
her 15 degrees up and down. By dawn I was cramping up from steering
and hallucinating, seeing buildings and boats around me, talking for friends, Weird. Boat looked like a bomb went off. Drawers opened, salon
table broke, Nexus 7 shattered, sun cover on jib
in tatters. To pull into the bay I had to motor
into 40 knot
headwinds. The boat was pitching so violently that the prop cavitated. Wow, what a ride. What an adventure, can't stop thinking about it.
Stuff I'll improve on next time. A good autopilot
. A storm Jib
I can deploy from cockpit
. A sea anchor
that I can deploy/retrieve from cockpit
. Stuff that was great, MX Mariner on the tablet, backed up on the smart phone
. I'm gonna a a Garmin
Handheld at the helm
also. Paper charts
would have impossible. Now I will go about restoring the boat.
Whew, thank God I don't get seasick...