The end of the season approached. The days were turning shorter, the temperatures fresher, the leaves had started to change colour and Sassy’s skipper had started to think haul-out. However, a request came from Sofía (the skipper’s daughter) for a last-minute spin on the river before one her trips abroad. Yesterday, the weather agreed (sunny with a few cumulus, Temp abt 20ºC, Wind SW backing to SE at 7-16 Kts.). The problem was that Sofía is an extremely busy professional who could only be available 13:30 to 17:30…
Here is the spin as per the GPS track:
13:30: Jeep departs from home.
14:00: Jeep arrives at the marina.
14:35: Undocking on the motor.
14:39: Leaving port.
14:42: Close encounter with a motorboat speeding inside the channel.
14:59: On sail, motor off port tack, beam reach, heading NW, reaching over 4.0 Kts.
15:30: Time to turn around… Ready about! heading SE, starboard tack, close reach, surpassing 5.0 Kts.
15:44: Approaching K4 marker. Too close for comfort given leeway: Ready about! heading SW for 3 minutes. Ready about! heading E, closehauled, reaching 5.3 Kts.
15:51: Time to douse sail. Motor on. Heading upwind (SW)
15:55: Sail tied, heading to the KNB junction marker.
16:01: A large sailboat on full sail (mail & genoa) approaching closehauled from starboard with railing under water. Changing course, following its stern.
16:02: Resuming course to KNB marker.
16:08: Abeam of KN8 marker.
16:18: Entering port.
17:30 Back at home.T
Thank you Sofía! Let’s do it again! (I may be wrong but last time we sailed together you and me, I think it was with “Vándor”, fifteen years ago…).