Quick trip out yesterday afternoon.  The UV cover on Baffin’s head sail needs some work, so I wanted to take it off and put on the spare genoa.  Rather than do it in the slip, I went out, mild winds, changed the sail on the water and tested it out.  It has been less used and a little smaller so it flies pretty well!

For the score keeping I give myself only 0.5.

Gaining Experience

I am keen to gain more experience.  These little outings each night are not far, but each trip is more experience in and out of the slip, up and down with the halyard and lazy jacks.  Rolling up the genoa etc.

Last night the weather wasn’t looking good, quite gloomy, but there wasn’t any thunderstorms on the radar, so I went out to get more experience.

Mild winds, probably 10 knots if I was lucky.  Some rain, which was a change.  Even with the dodger and bimini Baffin is still exposed and I got wet.  What will it be like on Bijon when it rains or in a storm?

Grim skies in the evening?
Grim skies in the evening?

Number 10 Down Wind Streak

Tenth sail of the season today.  I am not including sailing on other boats.  So the Cleveland trip isn’t counted.

Decent wind, 10-15 knots from the west southwest and my route was right into it.

Only goal was to head upwind and practice tacking and pointing.  Learned a few lessons:

– After back winding the genoa don’t slack the sheet and wait for it to come around, start again.

– While “waiting for it to come around”, the sheet likes to wrap around the mast winch.

– Tack and then adjust the traveler.  Avoids depowering the main and making it harder to tack

I am going to try for 2 more sails this week to get 12 in before the end of June.

Slides and stitches

When I returned from my round the island sail two weeks ago, I noticed I had broken the top sail slide.  Not a big deal, but the head of the sail has a metal plate and the slide doesnt attach the same way as the other slides.

I was puzzled at how I was going fix it.  In the spirit of “work the problem” I pulled apart the stitching.  Once I understood how it attached I knew I could fix it.  After a supply run to the local fabric store, it only took an hour.

Here is the before and after.


Around Toronto Island

The sailing season started 2016-05-03 when Baffin was launched.   The first sail though didn’t happen until 2016-05-22.  I set myself a goal of going out 35 times this season.  There were only 23 weeks left, so that worked out to three times every two weeks.  Manageable.  As of today, 2016-06-13, I have been out nine times, which is ahead of schedule.  All the trips have been four hours or less with no goal in mind other than getting out and enjoying the wind, if its actually blowing.

Yesterday was the biggest trip so far, actually my biggest trip solo ever.  I sailed from the home port of Bronte, Ontario to Toronto, around the islands, and back again, 43 miles. From sails up, to sails down was 8 hours.  Not bad for my little 27 foot cruiser.

The wind was blowing 15-20 knots NW, perpendicular to my route, so it was a reach the whole way there, port tack, and the same coming back, starboard tack.  The return trip was much gustier, so I kept rounding up towards the end of the trip.  If I wasn’t in a hurry to get home, I probably would have taken a reef in the main.

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Looking east from the Western Gap, June 2016.

Books and Ends

My book purchases arrived.  The encyclopedia has some chapters on design and a breakdown of a few different models for comparison.  I am hoping to pickup some details to help understand what makes an offshore boat.

Kretschmer’s list of sailboats for a serious ocean has 26 entries. If you focus on boats less than or equal to 40 feet feet and exclude the two catamarans, you end up with an even ten. Of those ten boats five of them are canoe stern double enders. That’s a big percentage.

I think about how to handle a passerelle or get in and out from the stern. What about mounting a Monitor or Cape Horn wind vane? I have seen examples of the wind vane installation and/or a swim ladder, but it seems awkward.

Must not forget the adage that all boats are compromises.