September 17, 2017
The wind was light today, light enough and in specific directions that my wife and I didn’t get to the bay. That wasn’t necessarily a problem, just makes the sailing a little different is all. There were far fewer sailboats out than I thought would be out given the time of mid Sunday morning. Those few who were out didn’t do any better than us. The power boats were out, though, and while they weren’t particularly numerous, those that were out were going at incredible speeds. This was probably the time I saw more powerboats really gunning their engines than ever before — perhaps because so few of them were out. In any case, that made the chop and wake a heck of a lot harder to manage.
I made a special effort to work on balancing the sails, which seemed to work, though even working this hard, the current prevented me from getting to the bay. As we were finally coming in and the wind had died, I did notice that we were motoring on pretty smooth water, while the water between the marina and the bridge was still rippling, indicating that we could have sailed there. We actually had done so for a bit, but I’m not fond of sailing near the bridge because of the chop beneath it and the powerboats that often make even bigger wakes by the bridge as well.
Definitely worth it.
Engine 40 minutes
Sails Full sails
Chop, current Moderate, with strong current
Wind 3-5, then 0
Time 3 hours