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Old 05-01-2022, 11:56   #1
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Do you sail all year round?

We have just taken a beautiful classic yacht on a winter delivery from Falmouth to Gosport. We only saw one other sailing boat and the conditions were perfect.

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Old 05-01-2022, 13:10   #2
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Re: Do you sail all year round?

I sure will, once I get my next boat. I was out in late October last year, in beautiful weather with that rollicking 20-30 kt NW breeze we get in autumn, and I was usually the only one out there, especially once you got 10+ miles offshore. All the good anchorages were empty, too. [I skipped the week-long nor'easter that kicked up 25-foot waves, though.]

Lovely video.
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Old 05-01-2022, 13:36   #3
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Yes. 65f and sunny today in Long Beach, California.
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Old 05-01-2022, 14:11   #4
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Nice video. What was the drone you used for the drone shots?

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Old 05-01-2022, 15:56   #5
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Re: Do you sail all year round?

Lovely video. Well done.
Sail here in New York's western Long Island Sound, had a enjoyable New Years eve sail.
Was no wind earlier and half the crew reconsidered. My best friend and I set out to find some wind out on the sound. Rewarded with a steady 8 knot breeze and a visit by a curious seal. (unusual in past for western LI sound, however in last 5 years or so of winter sailing sightings have become more regular.
Have a diesel heater and starting to send some heat into cockpit, is a work in progress.
My sister in law is from England and tells me about the palm trees near her families summer house in think??? Devon.
Pete, have you been holding back the pictures of the crew in bikini's?
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Old 05-01-2022, 17:56   #6
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Re: Do you sail all year round?

Yep.............all year around here. Winter can be as cold as summer during high wind days.
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Old 05-01-2022, 18:02   #7
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I sail year round, and not just in the warm latitudes. Autumn, Spring, and Winter sailing are awesome if one is prepared for it.
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Old 05-01-2022, 19:11   #8
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Winter sailing can be amazing. I frostbite in a JY15, and have sailed our old boat year around. The auxiliary was electric, so I did not have to winterize it. Just go! Current boat has a diesel, and a long list of projects, so it comes out for the winter. In a year or so we will be cutting the dock lines, so there is much to do.
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Old 05-01-2022, 19:20   #9
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Sailing all year long???
Yeah, why not, what’s the problem??
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Old 05-01-2022, 22:16   #10
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Re: Do you sail all year round?

Yup, we did the cruise around Alameda Island on New Year's Day (1-1-22) and opened all four of the bridges. It's an annual tradition. I try to avoid the rainy days on San Francisco Bay mainly because there are so few, and we can, you know? I also pass on the days when there's less than 4 knots of wind unless I have guests and then we can usually find some breeze somewhere or sufficient current to fake it. We're lucky in that any day of the year turns out to be a great day on the water. Well, there was this one light wind race day a few winters ago, after getting drenched and changing clothes twice, when they took away the finish line as I was almost finally there. That one still pains me.
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Re: Do you sail all year round?

Not anymore, I can't stand cold anymore. A couple of events from the early 80's that stuck with me.

My wife got me a windsurfer for Christmas. I spent January falling in Lake Washington with my holey wetsuit learning to sail it.

Another winter, I spent the day planing and surfing beautiful waves on the lake on a Laser, never touching the sheet. When it came time to change course I couldn't adjust the sail. I snaked a foot out from underneath the hiking strap and kicked the ice off of the mainsheet.

A fair amount of winter keelboat sailing on Puget Sound as well in those days.
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Old 06-01-2022, 00:27   #12
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Nope, 99% of boats are on the hard for at least 4 months. Even the frostbiting is in November and March rather than winter.
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First year I've had open water access all winter, next year I'll be dinghy sailing in the harbour.
It was 8C and sunny here yesterday.
At high tide I could launch something like a Laser a couple hundred feet from my back door.
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2 boats, 2 seasons, one north one south.
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Old 06-01-2022, 09:56   #15
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Heck no, Winter is time for boat/house projects in preparation for a May launching here in CT. She's safely under her "blanket" and close to travel lift so can be out earlier if I get all the projects done. Snow forecast tomorrow so that "requires" a visit to the yard to see how she's doing. thnks
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