First outing on the river

First outing in the river… just to make sure that everything works (including Sassy’s skipper). The wind was calm (North, at less than 5 kts) and at times nonexistent. Sassy undocked and motored at minimal speed out the marina, watching for incoming motorboats that may not realize that every sailboat motoring with an outboard is really a “vessel restricted in its ability to manoeuvre”…

As Sassy approached the NE corner of the marina (see picture below), her skipper almost yielded to the temptation of sounding the horn with the nautical sound signal corresponding to such restriction: Morse-code letter “D” (one long blast followed by two short), but the chances were judged to be almost zero that it would have been correctly interpreted by the kind of vessel that Sassy has been dreading to encounter since the incident reported here last year.

Almost generating her own wind while motoring, Sassy was able to hoist sail “on the fly” as she progressed outwards within the auxiliary channel. Then she sailed close to the wind for a few tacks. Here she is sailing in open waters:

Once she reached beyond the junction marker, the sail was doused and she motored back to her slip. Her skipper is happy to repport that everything worked as expected and that this time Sassy managed to successfully avoid all potential collisions…