We managed to get our brandy new TI out again today for only the third time. Ah, but today, we had winds blowing 18-20 kts with gusts to 25 kts. We have a weather station that records all that stuff. We had a heck of a good time, and were generally too busy for a lot of photos although I did snap 20 or so, with a couple movies of a miserable dog.
And we learned some things.
This is how most of the afternoon looked from my seat:
First thing we learned was that the boat can handle 20 kts okay. We learned that the carbon mast will bend a lot. And if you notice my feet in the photo, you'll see I am using the mirage drive as a keel. And the thing we learned most? Well....see that little knob on the hull right next to the tramp?
We learned that if you pull that little knob aft, the boat will point into the wind a whole lot better, and you can relax your feet on the pedals and even push one forward. Of course, we didn't learn this little trick until we had been sailing like this for a couple hours.
Heck, next time I'll have to remember to check.
wind is supposed to pick up a bit tomorrow. We might go see what this 'reefing' line thing is all about.
Island life in the Devil's Triangle: http://2gringos.blogspot.com