Sail 71: Gybes and tacks

Nothing remarkable. Just had fun. But I need to practice and improve the roll tacks.

Top speed downwind on gennaker: 9 knots. Top speed upwind: 6 knots.

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Sail 70: A rookie is still a rookie

Today another dinghy was on the water, a Laser with one of the club’s top sailors, who are in the Swedish elite, participating in Laser races around the world.

I tried to fillow him upwind and downwind (with gennaker) but could never cath up with him. A skilled Laser sailor always beats a rookie in an RS Vareo, even though my Vareo theoretically is a slightly faster boat.

My logged top speed upwind was 5 knots and downwind on gennaker 10 knots.s70

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Sail 69: Back in Stockholm

Nothing spectacular. Just a nice day on the water.s69

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Sail 68: Wet launch

Hard wind (force 6) in the gusts. Setting the sail, it was impossbile for me to attach the sail to the boom. When I grabbed the clew, trying to tie it to the boom, the wind would instantly turn the boat over. Like trying to hold a wild horse.
So I surrendered to the forces of nature. I let the boat remain capsized on the side while I rigged the sail. Then I righted the boat and went sailing. I don’t know if there is a name for this improvised procedure so I call it “wet launch”.
The wind stayed hard. On downwind runs I logged max speed 10 knots on main sail only and 11 knots with gennaker. Great fun, including 3 capsizes.
The downwind run on main only was wobbly at 10 knots and speed and I had to concetrate on not capsizing.
The downwind run with gennaker up, seemed more stable at 11 knots.
However tacking back home was difficult in the gusts. My full sail was flattened with kick and cunningham. The gusts came so suddenly that I didn’t dare to hike much. I might have sailed better and quicker upwind if I had the smaller Storm Sail. But I take it as a challenge learning to kick and hike with the full sail.
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Sail 67: short practise

light wind, practising gennaker gybes
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Sail 66: Turtle

I had not turtled for a long time, since I started using a mast float. Today I decided I was skilled enough to manage strong winds without mast float.
During a failed gennaker gybe attempt, I actually capsized before the actual gybe. I pulled in the main sheet preparing the gybe turn, I was slow and hesitating so I was down on the side even before the gybe. No problem, I stepped over the gunwale and onto the daggerboard. But while I stood on the daggerboard, the hull was pushed over by the strong wind and the boat turtled leeward despite my heaving on the daggerboard. So after turteling, I turned the boat up windward, retracted the gennaker, raised the boat and continued without problem.
Thus a mast float would have been helpful today.

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Sail 65: Chase

It is a luxury and privilege to have a private shore. And does not cost a fortune here in Sweden with plenty of space and coastline. I have my Vareo pulled up on the beach and sail ready, main sail tied to the halyard.
Today we had good wind.
Sitting at the porch we saw our neighbours lift anchor on their regular 8m long sailboad and start sailing towards open sea.
That was an unplanned challenge. I started shouting “go go go”, my 7-year old daughter joined.
She is now experienced enough not to panic when the boat heels etc. The sea is warm. We rushed to the boat, just donned life vests, raised the main sail, pushed the boat in the water and started chasing the larger boat that had 2-3 minutes lead and was already 500m ahead.
The wind was gusty. On stretches with gennaker and planing we were cathing up. But besides that we never got cloeser than 500m. After 30 minutes we reached open sea, gave up the “chase” and returned back home.
We had great fun. No capsize.
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