Sunday, October 16, 2016

The sea was angry that day, my friend...

Mike, Trevor and I set out in to the storm at 9am on Saturday.  The winds were from the south so as soon as we got out of the harbor, we set sail thru the marked channel.  Once clear of the markers, I headed below to make some pancakes for the crew.  Blackberry and banana.  We were on a course for the north tower of the Golden Gate.  As we rounded Angel, the wind direction changed to a NW wind.  Odd.  Might be the influence of the island?  Anywho, we followed it as we had some time and the winds were nice at about 12-14.  Soon we headed for Clipper Cove.  There was a music fest going on and we hoped to anchor nearby.  As soon as we started heading south, the wind direction went to south again and we were fighting a 20 knot breeze with gusts to 30 knots.  The boat was on her side several times.  I decided we could not make it so we steer away on a broad reach.  I decided to take down the main and try jib only.  We were making headway but noticed a rip in the jib.  We are in the process of replacing our 10 year old jib but it will not arrive for several weeks.  The winds continued to build and so with the rip, we headed back to the slip at about 1:30.  So glad we headed out early to catch some great sailing in the storm.

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