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I tacked upwind to reach open sea. Approaching the last islands I saw big waves crashing against the rocks. It scared me a little. Adrenalin high. But no real danger. Once on open sea the wind was more stable and the waves bigger, but no problem.
Returning home downwind I used the gennaker.
I was surprised by a sudden wind gust pressing the boat down. I reacted normally, steering downwind and releasing the sheets but thought I had reacted too late, expected the boat flat on the side a monent later. I had already half climbed out, one foot reaching to the daggerboard, ready to righten the boat. But just before the boat was down and sails in the sea, the boat rightened, the gennaker was not drowned, I could easily retract the gennaker, and was in control again. Had the sudden gust just ended? Was I lucky? Or had I learnt a new skill?
Then minutes later exactly the same happened again. Thus two “near capsizes” or what you may call it.
Top speed 9 knots.
Having repaired the tiller extension, I was fortunate with good wind. Top speed 9 knots.
Two years ago the tiller extension rubber joint broke. I bought a new one but failed to insert the supplied metal pin, fixing it to the tiller extension. So I used steel wire instead. Now, that wire had rusted and worn off. Suddenly the entire tiller extension was loose. My fault.
Taking opportunity of good wind. Stopping by at neighbours’ house down the coast for a chat. Back home planing. No problems.
Very light winds.
Calm weather. Just a 15 minute exercise while the others drink coffee and the kids play Minecraft.