Monday, January 14, 2013

Port Townsend Bay,
Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Captain Kirk Gresham
Kirk Gresham (Captain Kirk), broadcast on our local pocket yachters list that he was itching to go out on the water and his boat is packed up for the winter... And it was another rare sunny day in the high 30's F...  So, I called him to crew on Yasmin.  I was also itching to get some feedback from an experienced sailer on how my outhaul control was dealing with the lee helm problem.

He experienced the lee helm as we hoisted the sail, and she wanted to take off toward Indian Island (downwind).  The 'test outhaul' doesn't  kick in until the sail is at it's full height. As soon as the sail was fully up, the outhaul yanked the luff end of the bottom batten back toward the mast and Yasmin started to behave and was almost balanced.  So, I will install the full outhaul control lines and Kirk also suggest maybe moving the halyard forward on the yard maybe a foot.

It was cold, with variable 5 to 11 knot winds, with wind chill factor making it feel like 31 degrees, so we didn't stay out too long, one run up to Point Hudson and back.

Thank you, Kirk, for getting out on such a beautiful day.  I hope to be fully rigged for this years Shipwrights' (Regatta) Race on February 23rd.
Heading toward the paper mill

Another perfect day for sailing!


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