September 23, 2016
I wasn’t sure about this from the beginning. My hope was to head out for a few hours before heading to the county fair with my students. Given the wind and the wave motion, I was antsy even before I left the slip.
Given my doubts, I decided not the raise the main in the west basin, and shortly after clearing the breakwater completely, I deployed the Genoa at about half way, and immediately, was pushed back toward the rocks. Given that I had (also wisely) not turned off the engine, I simply turned more radically and went back in, though the process of getting through the breakwater was very difficult, and I still don’t understand what happened — or in this case didn’t happen. After all, I had the engine at a nice rpm, and I didn’t think the current was that strong, but perhaps it was.
I also noticed some hesitation with Hercules as I lowered the rpm, which concerned me.
I was happy to park Ilya back in the slip.
Engine: ½ hour
Sails: Only Genoa for 2 Minutes
Chop, current Medium current, with 1-2 feet chop
Wind Peaking at over 12