Lake sailing always seems to provide sailors with gusty conditions, but in six seasons this is only our second round up. I'm not particularly fond of these and the Admiral disapproves mightily. She docks my pay severely for allowing them. I'd have to say that her, "MIKE, THAT IS FAR ENOUGH!" was one of her best to date. The next couple of hours of sailing we somewhat nervously experimented with reducing and increasing the amount of headsail in winds that stayed in the 8 - 10 mph range with just the usual 15 mph gusts. The next time we go out we will go back to starting out with a reefed main until we know for sure what Mother Nature has in mind for us.
|George in our previous Com-Pac|
|Our old CP 19 performing well|
|George and his sailing buddy Walter spilling the headsail to stay even with us|
In summary I guess we still have a lot of learning to do in this sailing endeavor. The Com-Pac 23/3 is not nearly as stiff sailing as our Com-Pac 19/2 was and we need to learn what she wants up for sail. I need to remember that "wrinkles in our sails" aren't a bad thing. So, reef her down and luff away!