|catching the other boat...|
|that'a us in a photo taken by the other boat|
notice the reefed mainsail
Before heading out, I measured the wind between 18 and 23 knots, but that was with it partly blocked by the break wall. It was coming almost due north, the direction of the outlet to the river, which made sailing out of the marina a little tricky and required a couple of tacks within the break wall before we were able to slip out into the outrunning tide. Sailing on a starboard reach, we headed up the Wilmington River. Even going against the tide, the boat's electronics said we were doing over 5 miles an hour. Coming down the river from Wilmington Island was another boat under sail. After it passed us, we reverse course and headed down river, enjoying the outgoing tide and favorable winds, catching them just before we enter Wassaw Sound. Here, with the winds having a few miles to race over the waters, the waves were larger and splashed over the boat.
Even with the shortened sail, every puff pushed the boat over on a extreme heel. It was exciting. We raced back and forth with the other boat, exchanging phone numbers so that we could exchange photos. Each of us took a turn at the helm. After a couple of hours, the wind had soften a bit, and we headed in for a beer on the porch before heading home. It had been fun afternoon and I was thankful for the opportunity to try out a new boat. (I am surprised to review photos and to find that I didn't catch the whitecaps that dominated the water when we were in more open areas.)
|Sage at the helm|