Into every life, some rain must fall.
Or if this morning in Sabasco Harbor is any indication, a whole lot of rain sometimes! How much? Well let’s just say the dinghy had so much water in it as we were getting under way that it looked like a submarine about to dive. I bailed 4 inches of water out and off we went. It really rained!
But that’s only part of the fun when a strong cold front moves through. After the rain, the wind.
We left the anchorage as the sun came out – and discovered that neither of us remembered to close the hatches in the aft cabin – our stateroom. Can you say wet bed? The old “I thought you closed ’em…” dance, and neither of us remembered to ask the other.
But one of the great things about a cold front and the following high pressure system is that it’s dry and breezy.
Or windy. Today, it was windy. Sionna’s nominal full sail area is about 475 square feet of canvas, split between the foresail (“Genny”), the main, and the mizzen. But shortly after we left the anchorage, the cold front decided to strut it’s stuff for us, with 15 knots gusting to 25 knots (about 29 mph)
That, friends, is a lot of wind. So we went into reefing drill, cutting our sail area from 450 to just over 200. SO much more comfortable, much easier on crew and equipment, and just as fast, given the conditions. We love to reef! Well, we don’t like the process of reefing – it’s hard work – but we like the results.
Meanwhile the ride was rough. How rough? Well rough enough that two hours into the 3-hour passage I was calling for chocolate, and “Splits” had made a dive off the barometer and hidden his head under my fleece shirt.
Since leaving Rockland on Thursday we’ve sailed 112 nautical miles, but in a straight line we’ve covered just 53 miles. Why? Partly because sailboats can’t go directly into the wind, but more because the coast of Maine is ANYTHING but straight. Getting to and from each anchorage adds many miles to the trip. Still, we’ve done well, and are past the most crenellated part now.
And today, for the first time, we sailed (briefly) directly south! Life is good.