I am up early and jump in the boat. Once again I put in a reef as there is a stiffish breeze. I pootle around practising various manoeuvres, principally picking up the mooring under sail. I then decide to sail North towards Cape Maeda, the direction from which the wind is coming, to try to work out how close to the wind she will sail.
Does she point well into the wind? Er, I don’t know. I am not sure how to judge really. No boat sails into the wind. This one seems just as good as Dileas and I learn many little tricks on how to rig the sail to get it stiffer into the wind. Having passed Cape Maeda, I turn her around and go on a broad reach all the way back home. This means that the wind is more or less behind you and this the boat likes. The huge sail drives her on as the wind gets up and the sea becomes agitated.
So this boat, which has no name, is a joy. She is remarkably stable. Today the wind was strongish and I was out for about 4 hours but she never once heeled. Dileas was much more terrifying. So much fun ahead.
Later in the afternoon I rowed out into the lagoon to have a little snorkel. The sea is still cold by Okinawan standards but for me it is just about right. Here is a movie:
I go out as the sun is setting to prepare the boat for the week of inactivity prescribed by me having a job. I remove the sail, lower the mast and lash it to the floor of the boat. I tether the rudder put down a second anchor and generally make things shipshape.
I think I should retire.
Looks like a fun day out! Can’t see any sign of the ‘only in emergency machine’ though – you feeling lucky again! 🙂
What is the ‘only in emergency machine?” Bottle of rum?
Rum might be a good idea when all is lost – you’d need to take a lash also. Not sure about the apparently traditional catamite. I was thinking more of the mighty echo of the Seagull from the western face of Dunskeig.
Beautifully put. The great advantage of the Scaffie is that one can row her. Thus small trips without motor are Ok as my admittedly feeble muscle power could get us ashore. However for bigger trips, like North Korea, I will take a motor.