...finally got out for our first cruise of the season, and not bad for a shakedown... no breakages, no issues, and so good to be out again...
...littl'est person joined me for this one which is always a pleasure.. she's turning into one mean helms-woman and helmed all the way from the mooring to just shy of Hayling Island Sailing Club at the mouth of the harbour... not bad as it was a beat all the way which, with the exception of a couple of tacks, she managed to do in one.... she then borrowed my Henry Lloyd and disappeared inside it for a snooze on the way back!
...very gusty old day, two mast slides worth of reef on the main, full jib - but she was a handful in the gusts. If you'd asked me straight afterwards I would have said - no way was that a 4... some of the gusts were a handful.... turn out I was right and Cambermet shows that for the time we were out it was a bottom 5 consistently, gusting top end 5.... wind SSW so she did well on that big single beat following the second tack...!
So - what about the numbers??? GPS showed...
Distance: 8.55 miles (cumulative total in the 2012 mileage tab at the top of the page) - not bad in just a bit over a couple of hours!
Wind: SSW - bottom Force 5, gusting top end 5 at times
Speed: GPS says max speed was 5.2 knots, with an average speed of 3.1 knots.... at times though I was seeing 6 knots and even at one point 6.3 knots... tide assisted clearly, as that's across the ground, but even so....!