Thank you Boat
man... A lot of arm chair sailors here...Forget about hull speed
when you are in the Ocean, surfing, being pushed along by large swells, 1/4 to 1/2 the hull
is out of the water
. If you would read my e-mail properly, you would see the 19.5 knots was SOG GPS
speed, going up the Gulf Stream
at 5 knots, so Speed throught the water
was about 14.5 knots, add 5 knots from a push by the gulf. It was dead calm for a few days, and then the wind
slowly started building over a couple days, and was blowing 60 knots, slowly picking up the seas, the swells were very far apart so I was not at risk of pitchpoling. The large tall far apart swells, enabled us to come down them like a roller coster ride, with 1/4 to 1/2 the hull
out of the water. The Instruments were working correctly. I thought something was wrong too. But the wind
read from 50 to 65 knots, down wind, the SOG consistently read between 13 to 19 knots. Down the swell at 19 up the next one at 13, now subtract 4-5 knots of the stream through the water speeds would be 9 to 15 knots. But we were making good to destination
as SOG would read. This was done a few years ago, on my delivery
back up from the Florida
I give you no ********, believe what you want. Just last week we did NYC
in 6.5 days, We were reefed and double reefed most of the time, preserving the rig, and not pushing the boat
. The most imporant thing is not to break the boat and keep the stick pointing to the sky. in 20 knots we put our first reef in, and approaching 30 knots we put the second reef in. over 35 knots we take the main down, leave a little jib
out. over 40 knots we furl everything in. Although we saw nothing over 32 knots last week.
Anyone who watched my SPOT tracker can testify. I know scoobie followed me, he is a man of good character and learning
We set out almost 2 weeks ago, left as planned on Friday evening of the 15th, and arrived in GeorgeTown Bahamas
, as predicted on my blog, 6-8 days. Actually 6.5 to be exact....
Anyways, I'll leave it there, believe what you want....