OK... Made three mistakes today, the first was to go out in some fairly high winds (slight white caps on the lake) and the second was to invite my wife to go with. (I was being polite... Given her somewhat clear and frequent comments that she will not be going out on Breakin Wind, ever... who'd figure she'd have a change of heart?)
Well, alright, she's taking an interest... That's good right?
As has been the case most of this summer, it's a SW wind coming straight at the dock blowing pretty good, but I know (now) how to preset the sails (down) and motor out, raise the sails and transition to wind off of motor.
Pretending i know what I'm doing, I gave her the 1-2-3 things to do if I fall out of the boat, pull main sheet, pull jib sheet & turn into the wind. And she says "You'd best not fall out of the boat, because I'm not going to remember any if that!"
Ok... Good point to remember... Don't fall out if the boat...
So we're clipping along ok, I'm intentionally cutting a little more into the wind to reduce heel (she is NOT enjoying heeling), and we're tacking and all is OK, until suddenly, right after a tack, as I'm reaching around her to set the jib sheet (she is not participating in the crew thing this time out..." we caught a very substantial gust! This is actually a first for me, but I've had it hammered into my head (by you guys), pull the mainsheet, which I did as fast as I could grab it, but in that time, we were way up to the point water washed into the cockpit. I never saw it happen, but when the sheet let loose and the boat leveled out, there were a couple inches of water in the stern trough.
I said "gee.. That was fun... (oops)". She said "OK, I'm done, take me back.."
So... Here we are, basically at the south end of the lake, white caps all around, having "just then" nearly laid the boat over, and now I need to figure out how to do a 180 to head back
So I'll pause at this point to ask a question.
Q- What is the correct procedure for turning around in a moderately high wind?
At some point, no matter where I have the sheets set, the main is going to be broadside to the wind. And that didn't seem to work very well a few minutes ago.
Luckily, the wind eased off for a few seconds and I was able to come about. I got her back to the dock without further incident, she got off, and then I made my 3rd mistake, I decided to go out and try to figure out what went wrong, and how to correct for it next time (falling off the horse thing).
Unfortunately, by now it was even windier. I got out, raised the main, raised the jib, was just going to set the sheets when another big wind came and suddenly I was doing a fast turn toward shore again. I decided to stay with the momentum, the trolling motor was still in the water so I cranked it up and continued the turn doing a 360 back into the wind.
Back to business, I tried to set my sheets, and found the jib had sort of furled itself around the headstay. I tugged on the sheets but the whole thing was fouled big time.
I may be stupid, but at least I know when to quit, so I dropped the main again and motored back to the dock. So another question occurs to me.
Q- how in the world can anybody climb out on the bow when single handing the boat to fix a problem with the jib. I can release the mainsheet and lock the tiller, but that doesn't prevent the wind from pushing the bow around and then with the mainsheet loose, all that means is I'm headed for an unexpected jibe or two.
Suggestions? (other than not inviting my wife to go with again for a while... Like that's going to be a problem...)
1- how to turn with the wind in a higher wind condition. (15-20mph)
2- How to stabilize the boat without a jib - can't heave to... (drop the main?)
Your suggestions are needed and welcomed.
Thanks - Scott
Last edited by hectoretc
on Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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