Wednesday April 30. Home Port.

Written by Jack van Ommen on May 1st, 2014

The mercury rose to over 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 C ). And Thursday it is supposed to be even warmer. Friday, when I leave for California, the weather goes back to normal.

I went for a sail in the afternoon. I had not tried out the main sail yet on my way down from Olympia. There was not much wind but enough to find that the main is brand new. Because this boat has a mast head rig instead of the fractional I had on my previous boat, the main is smaller and the headsails are larger. For performance I would rather have the fractional rig but this is much easier to handle because I do not need to switch the running back stays in every tack and gibe. I also like the fact that this boat has no head foil on the forestay but uses hanks to attach the head sails. For single handed sailing it makes folding the sails much easier and less of a drill on the fore deck after the sail is doused to keep the sail from washing overboard in a rough sea. So, I keep discovering, many improvements in comparison to the old “Fleetwood”.

After the sail I met  with my “Sacramentor” church group friends. And had dinner at the home of Tom and Doris in the company of my longtime sailing friends Terry and Janet. Great dinner and good company.

Good to be back in my home port.

Pink Dogwood

Pink Dogwood

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Mt. Rainier from Gig Harbor

Mt. Rainier from Gig Harbor

 

 

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