Sail 52: Just for fun

sail52At home bored behind computer. Don’t want to go jogging. Sailing is more fun and the boat club is nearby. Weather forcast promising good wind. So – Go go go!

Just a brief exercise, practising gennaker gybes and roll tacks, inspired by the excellent RS 100 Training DVD. Max speed 9 knots.

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Sail 51: Cool

sail 51Cooler weather, 17 degrees C and I wear a dry suit. Just a short sail testing the Runkeeper geotagger.

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Sail 50: Sounds like music

sail 50When hard wind hits the rigging of moored sailboats in a sailing club, you hear a high-pitch whining as a multitude of steel wires vibrate. I love this sound, it’s like music and a promise of action. And today was windy.

Only spent an hour on the water. Top wind force in the gusts maybe 10-12 m/s (force 6). One capsize during a gennaker gybe. When the hardest gust hit me, I had only the main sail up, but still reached 12.5 knots according to the new geotrackers being tested. Sorry no video.

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Sail 49: Flirt with a Laser

The rain ended. Weather forecast promised hard winds in the gusts. Out for a quickie. There was only one other sail in sight, a Laser. I went closer and we kept company for a while. Impossible to tell which boat was the faster, but much more fun that sailing alone.

I practiced sail trim, hiking and gennaker gybes. Very warm weather and minimal clothing. More fun than spending an hour at a gym.

No track data, since the Everytrail server seems down. Everytrail seems dead. After four years of using Everytrail on iOS and Android, I look for an alterantive geotracker. Testing Map My Tracks and Map My Ride. Any suggestions?

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Weekend on water

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Invited by friends in Uppsala, spent the weekend on a larger sailboat and nice weather on protected waters. My daughter Veronika, 6 years, practiced holding the tiller.

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Sail 48: Heat

Ansail 48 140805 heatother hot day with stable wind and minimal clothing. Practising gennaker and gybes. No capsize but had to jump in the water after the sail to cool down.

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Sail 47: Flow

Stablesail 47 flow wind. Warm and nice. 30 degrees C in the air and 25 in the water. No need for neoprene. Just dressed in sneakers, shorts, t-shirt and life vest. Finally I am able to fine tune gennaker sailing, hiking far out on long stretches, bearing off in gusts. Really having a flow.

Only capsized once during a gennaker gybe, but managed to retract the gennaker while boat rested on its side, so no turtle, and hardly got my feet wet. Recorded top speed 9 knots. Sail 47 on EveryTrail

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