Hey everybody :)

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Jeff said:
Fair winds, Kim. How many reefs do you put in for those southern twisters? :p Anyway, have fun and I'm looking forward to a story or two when you get back.
Well, I'm back from the lake now. Like all vacations, it was too short. We arrived Sunday night and wer going to sail Monday but the winds were high 25+ and gusting and the water was in the mid 50s so we didn't get on the water that day. Tuesday was beutiful and we sailed 25nm according to the gps, Wednesday was even warmer but the winds were gusting again but not as bad so we sailed under a reefed main only and still had plenty of speed for us (3-6 knots). Thursday it was cold and rainy and stormy, so no sailing. Friday was beautiful again and we sailed quite a few miles. Saturday they were calling for rain and higher winds but it turned out to be pretty good as well, although we still sailed under a reefed main because of the occasional hard gust out of nowhere and the cold water temp. There were few people on the lake and we basically had it to ourselves. Sorry no pictures, the bride didn't want to risk getting the digital camera wet ;) I don't have too many great stories to tell. I got to do quite a bit of upwind sailing with 10+ knots of wind. Since my wife and I only daysail and are not in a hurry, I find the best way to make progress up wind in that situation is to roll up the jib and just sail on the reefed main and just make about 2 knots to windward. I can sail much closer to the wind with just the main than with both sails. The jib will luff long before the main starts to flog.
 
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I'm glad you got to sail. I just happen to see a weather report that didn't look very promising. It sounds as if you got a dose of just about all types of weather, except for snow. You guys didn't happen to have snow up there too, did you?

Dave
 
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Not a bad bit of sailing for a vacation, really, Kim. My free days last summer usually were stormy or dead calm. In our newbie mode, my wife and I have also employed the technique of only using the main and have had fun with minimal confusion and concern.

On the weather front, things have been balmy here in the Northwoods to the point that, for the most part, the ice went out on the lakes over the weekend (20-30 mph winds helped with that job). That means it really is SPRING here. Once the water warms up and the winds drop to manageable levels, it may even eventually be sailing season!
 
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Dave Lilley said:
I'm glad you got to sail. I just happen to see a weather report that didn't look very promising. It sounds as if you got a dose of just about all types of weather, except for snow. You guys didn't happen to have snow up there too, did you?

Dave
No snow, they were calling for it on the Saturday of the weekend before we left though. Glad it warmed up a bit. Still manged to get a good sunburn on my legs though. Sunscreen is my friend.
 
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Jeff said:
Not a bad bit of sailing for a vacation, really, Kim. My free days last summer usually were stormy or dead calm. In our newbie mode, my wife and I have also employed the technique of only using the main and have had fun with minimal confusion and concern.

On the weather front, things have been balmy here in the Northwoods to the point that, for the most part, the ice went out on the lakes over the weekend (20-30 mph winds helped with that job). That means it really is SPRING here. Once the water warms up and the winds drop to manageable levels, it may even eventually be sailing season!
It does seem like its all or nothing with the wind sometimes. My best days sailing during the summer are usually overcast days, there seems to be more of a staedy light breeze on those days.
 

Ed Jones

Secretary/Vice Commodore
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New mast

You can order a new mast from Catalina (818-884-7700). To order a Handbook, go to the Navigation box on the home page and click on "Handbook." Costs $20
 
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