Wildwind 31, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. This Hobie Fox with me at the helm is beam reaching with spinnaker, chasing down a Laser Vago, and without trapezing too. This should not be possible — beam reaching with spinnaker that is — because there should be more wind and it is a powerful boat. Wildwind? This week it has been “Mildwind”, but fun nonetheless with a good crowd of sailors. The one cross-shore blast of 20-25 knots was exciting in the […]
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Vassiliki Bay Panorama, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Too little wind this morning and a storm this afternoon, so we took a stroll, discovering this magnificent grasshopper (cricket?). Grasshopper, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker.
Wildwind 47, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Shortly after this photo was taken, the wind picked up to a gentle force 3, enabling a brisk sail in a Hobie Fox, a fast Formula 20 catamaran. We achieved some hull-out broad reaching with spinnaker and the crew on the trapeze, which was ideal. Sadly, circumstances have spared you a photo of these heroics, so I’ll have to ask you to make do with this stock image of a close-hauled Fox: A superb […]
The “sail away” is a mini adventure: picnic on the boats around the end of the western headland, out in the shipping lane. The cross-shore arrived early so we had quite an exciting beat out in a Pacific. Some of the lulls in the lee of the headland were extra exciting as we sat there, motionless, with the cross-shore marching in across the water. We just about managed to avoid unexpected gybes. The initial run back was pretty exciting too. […]
Waited for the cross-shore; Hobie 14; Pacific as crew; Hobie 14. The Hobie 14 is a witch that should be burnt. It only wishes to be in irons or upside down. Therefore, when you do extract a screaming reach, it is highly satisfying. Gratifyingly, I sailed it without a capsize. Agreed to crew a Pacific in the last race of the day. Poor start, having misjudged the sequence, but a glorious sail. Tim and I managed some highly efficient mark […]