Great southerly blew strong most of the day. A-spin up on first gybe. We shimmied up to the 14th St bridge, averaging 6 knts, dropped the chute and beat home. Continue reading 8-12 knots of wind, 5-8 knots hullspeed over ground
Sunday April 10 started cold and overcast, perfect weather to prepare the splashrail on the M-16 for its first coat of varnish in who knows how long. Karen and I obtained this boat in Ithaca, NY on a nostalgic whim and a hunch that we might find a sport that brought us together more often. Continue reading Sanding, varnish and the first spinnaker hoist of 2011
This has to be one of the best descriptions of the dynamics at play in scow sailing and why many people find the boat to behave so, well, kindly at high speeds and fresh winds. The Melges 17 scow referenced here has many of the high tech innovations found in modern skiffs, but all scows enjoy the hull characteristics. Continue reading Scow stability explained
This quick tutorial is so you know the steps to get the M16 into the water. Continue reading Using the Lift
Our friends Ed and Georgette met us at the Washington Sailing Marina bright and early to learn the ropes on the M16 and try their hand at tacking and gybing.
Even at 9am when we wheeled the boat to the lift, it was feeling balmy with temps on their way to a high of 58F. March 5 is still winter, but you would never know it. A soft 4-8 knot southerly rippled the water with promise. Continue reading First Splash-2011