Monday, July 14, 2014

Small Craft Advisory? Just choose the right sail combination

Yesterday's forecast included a Small Craft Advisory, with winds 10-15 from the south, gusting to 25 knots. LIQUIDITY was in Scituate overnight Saturday, with a planned sail back to Boston on Sunday, arriving in time to watch the World Cup final.

We left Scituate at 8:45, sailing off the mooring on a reefed main, and setting the 130 Genoa after clearing the channel. From there, it was a beam reach to Minots Light and then to Harding Ledge, close reach to Nantasket Roads, beam reach through the Narrows and close hauled through President Roads and Dorchester Bay. We were in our slip at Marina Bay at 1 pm.

LIQUIDITY spent the day on a port tack and pretty much sustained speeds of around six knots, as the gusts were fairly steady in coming. She could not have sailed better! The reefed main and full Genoa was pretty much exactly right for yesterday's conditions.