Sunday, April 3, 2016
We saw a whale on the way out. This picture actually shows the spout. It also breached once, it was fabulous to see.
Nathan took us out in light winds
We called the layline about 3 miles out
Spinnaker ready to go. We did a jibe set
Getting close to the mark thanks to a 2 knot ebb even that far out of the gate. In fact there was ebb the entire friggin' day.
Taking the geona down on Elise's big brother type boat, the Express 37.
Elise liking it
On the way back, we went North (following Wetsu) as there was still heavy ebb current and we wanted current relief and getting. Wetsu did fabulously well, first express to finish and 3rd overall.
Headstay reaching for most of the way in 8 or so knots of wind
Our current strategy involving several jibes paid off as we finished ahead of the boats who rounded the mark ahead of us
The fleet slowly reappears from the fog
420s had a race. Fun!
Waiting for the wind to pick up on the Bay so we can fight the flood getting out
Pretty dead in the morning but it will pick up outside the gate to reach 30 knots or so
Swapping headsails to a smaller jib when the wind reached about 10+ knots
We also reefed the mainsail and we probably needed the #4 and perhaps a second reef too
We were basically under a huge cloud which you can see in the distance but getting back to the Bay was a real treat because of the beautiful sunset
Sailing under the gate. We kept the reef in during the downwind and even with this and a jib we were doing 16 knots. Epic!
Tired, wet, cold - but happy.