October 1, 2017
Well, I definitely should have gone out earlier. Though the need to fill up the fuel tank and leaving the house later than usual made that impossible. I finally saw a neighboring boat, Synergy leaving. It’s a beautiful boat — a cutter — and I’d never seen it out before. They headed out toward the breakwater before I could get going. I decided to keep the sail reefed because I didn’t know what to expect out there. After raising the main, I headed out into what was pretty strong current. It was strong enough, in fact, that I had to shift toward the bride to get any movement at all, and I felt like I wasn’t making any headway whatsoever as I tacked back and forth, hoping to get to the bay. That’s where I saw other sailboats moving with full sails, and also where I thought I saw Synergy.
I finally made the decision to furl the Genoa and use the engine to get to the bay directly, like lots of other boats do. Once I got close., I shut off the engine, and nothing. The wind had died down so much that I couldn’t get much of anywhere. Now, I did play a bit with trying to catch the wind, and I did for a while. I of course went to full sails, which helped some, but my opportunity to sail much at all went away. I did see another boat from the marina — Finesse — which was nice, and I think they may have had a spinnaker. That was a dead giveaway; when you see that many boats with spinnakers flying, you know the wind has died. Finally, after about 2.5 hours of trying, I gave up.
I might have done better earlier in the day, but I certainly can’t say that for sure.
Engine 45 minutes
Sails Full sails after going out reefed
Chop, current Chop of about 2 feet; current moderate to strong
Wind 6-8, then very low
Time 3 hours