Judo Chops - Passage days 3 & 4
08 June 2017 | Passage to Pacific Northwest
As we enter our fourth day of this passage, the conditions thus far have been remarkably consistent. The wind is still blowing from the north-northeast at a steady 18 to 23 knots apparent, and the seas have been from 3 to 7 feet. The wind chop has kept the decks and dodger soaked the entire time, but we never leave the cockpit anyway. Of course, a few large rogue waves have hurled sea water into the cockpit, but that's been the exception. Huzzah loves the moderate winds and has piled on 500 miles beating (sailing as close into the wind as possible) her way North. With a single reef in the mainsail to protect the sail repair we did in Hawaii, and a small reef in the genoa, she's moving between 6 and 7+ knots 24/7. Our quandary has been whether to sail as close-hauled as possible and suffer the constant pounding the waves extract on the boat, or to steer a course 10 - 15 lower, and add miles to our journey. For now, we're sailing as close to the wind and waves as we can tolerate, watching Huzzah judo chop the waves like a crazed Ninja warrior!