October 15, 2016
I got a chance to head out for a few hours on a Saturday, and didn’t really think anything of it. I mean, I thought it would be nice, but just didn’t want to have a crappy time. My only real concern was about the stalling and odd throttle issue with Hercules, and it turned out that was a reasonable concern.
Well, the sail was actually good enough. The wind was blowing such that I really didn’t feel the need to head to the bay, so I preferred to just sail back and forth from the west basin to Solomons and back. I allowed myself to ghost along and let the sails catch the wind when I could, and it was nice and comfortable. I did notice that boats started coming in a lot earlier than I thought they would. I eventually found out why: as the sun just started to think about setting — still around 5:00 or so, mind you — it got cold — cold enough that I started kicking myself for not turning back to shore about 10 minutes sooner.
Once the sails were stowed, I started up Hercules, which didn’t want to stay on for the first few times, then motored safely and smoothly into the breakwater and the west basin without having to keep pressure on the throttle. This means it’s all good, right? Nope. Once I changed direction to reverse. Hercules stalled. Twice. Fortunately I was able to massage Ilya into the skip without hitting anything, and all was well.
It’s a terrible irony that the wind is so poor during the summer when the air is warm, yet it’s often a lot stronger when it’s just too cold out there!
Engine 40 minutes
Sails Main and Genoa reefed
Chop, current moderate current; intermittent high chop
Wind slow at first then building to 10ish
Time 3 hours