Hello to all
We purchased a 78 Hunter
30 last January. Poor sails
, motor( 15hp renault not running trans no reverse ) and no sailing experience. Well this spring we purchased a 8 hp Nissan
(great motor) used from a fellow sailor for $250 US went out to the patapsaco river basin (we're docked at Chester cove marina in Fells point Md. This will be the beginning of what I know will be a life long adventure from the first real wind
we were in. 2nd time out sailing in the dark the winds got up to 30 mph we were sailing hauling butt the edge of the deck
right at the edge of the water
. Things were going great then things got a bit exciting the main sheet split below the reef points, so...
Dropped the main had the jib
trimmed tight heading north along the Francis Scott key bridge. The misses recommended maybe we should drop the hook until morning but I was having the time of my life experiencing real wind
for the first time. So we're manuvering through 3 freighters heading south, that's when things really started getting interesting . The misses pointed out what I hadn't been aware of in my moment of bliss that we were getting a bit close to shore. I figured no worries we will just let the wind out of the jib
back out to a safe distance and continue on.
Well what I hadn't taken notice of in my state of exstacy was the water
conditions building . The swells were at around 12' and I guess the wave height was between 4 to 6 ' with a steady 28 mph wind blowing shore ward. So... let the wind out and started the kicker
which STOPPED abruptly.
I thought we had grounded but the vessel was now about 40 ' from a concrete wall (industrial port, deep water) Thang God. Buy the time I rushed to the bow with gaff in hand the bow spit violently made contact with the wall and again before we had some kind of control of the situation and got the vessel spun around and we avoided the stern being destroyed. We reefed te the jid to about 8' out and sailed 5 miles back right into our slip under sail. It was a very tense exsperience but we learned quite a bit that night including the fact that we were capable of keeping our heads under pressure.
So now I have the bug and it's on,plans are to head
to Florida in the fall of next year and let the adventure begin. So again hello to all God bless and keep our fellow Cruisers safe.