So, I got back to the beach this weekend and was ready for my next sailing adventure. The seas off the north coast of Florida were a bit rough, but I was ready for a sail.
Second time rigging the boat was a bit easier than the first time. Now I just had to get out past the breakers.
As I mentioned, the Atlantic was rough with the wave period pretty short, maybe 3-4 seconds with 4ft chop. I struggled to get out past the first set of breakers - the waves were breaking twice - and was almost free and clear. Then, rising out of the ocean, came a huge wall of water. It must have been a 5-6 foot breaker. As I could not back up fast enough, I attempted to race towards it to get over the wave before it crested. Then, I had my own personal version of Cast Away as the wave was too strong and turtled my Wave and sent me flying.
It didn't take too long to right the boat, but I knew I was defeated for the weekend as the surf was to continue to be high/rough the rest of the weekend.
I'll try again in June if....
Do I need to get anything repaired after a turtle? Well actually, the boat flipped and the mast slammed into the sand - I was in chest high water....I assume it hit the sand after it flipped.
The mast pin is bent and the ball a little worse for wear, but the rest "appears" to be fine.
Dreaming of the islands