Today is and was without a doubt the best damn day of the year and it’s only getting better from here on out. Today was a day to figure out how to rig my new asymmetrical spinnaker. I’m doing a few other rigging changes as well but now I’m covered from one knot of wind to, well I don’t even want to think about the other end of the spectrum but my new 38 square foot storm jib is ready to go and I hope I’ll never need it.
Barefoot and narry a drop of wind, I love this new sail and it will for sure raise my cruising average speed. I can think of a hundred things I love about small boats but sails are damn near at the top of my list. I not saying Sookie is fast but there is no greater hell on earth that owning a slow boat while every other boat in the world sails past you. My westerly cirrus sport was slow as dirt, and it made me crazy. I had seven great sails including a drifter, spinnaker and asym but in less than 18 knots, she was a slug, wouldn’t point well and for a fin keel was just not up to my standards.
It’s finally time to try and figure out how to aquire my new wind vane which I hope is still sitting in a box waiting for me in Southern California. That and a new cooker is about as ambitious as I will get this year as far as the refit goes. It’s hard to be working during this beautiful weather but in a month when I’m done it will have been worth it.
“hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…”
― Van Morrison
“-She is like the wind, open and free. If I cage the wind, would it die?
-Then don’t cage it, Mikhail. Trust it to stay beside you.”
― Christine Feehan