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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.
light wind, practising gennaker gybes
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.
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.
Finally hard wind with white crest waves. Went out alone. One capsize. Great fun.
The snapshot illustrates my problem tacking in hard wind: I flatten the main sail. I hile hard. But still I fail to keep the boat flat and upright. It sometimes heels so much that the hull shape turns the boat windward. I counter with the rudder to keep course, which slows me down.
The main sail can’t be reefed, only flattened with cicker, cunningham and outhaul. Perhaps I need to invest in the smaller Storm Sail for hard wind sailing.
At the country house. Short sail with daughter, too weak wind so we returned by paddle.
At the country house. Boat parked on the bech. Attempted morning sail before kids wake up, too weak wind for action so I returned home.