A Day for a Daysail
15 April 2013 | Little River, SC
Tammy and I took Aria out for a daysail with her father, Walter. Many years ago, Walter gave me my first sailing lesson. It was on Saranac Lake in a 13-foot Chrysler, and it's always a pleasure to have him aboard Aria.
With Walter at the helm, we cleared the jetties in 12kt south winds. Within an hour, the wind had died down to 5 kts, but the seas were so flat, Aria was still making 2.5 kts, so we kept the engine off. Three sailboats from the LBSA were ghosting around, too; it was nice to have some company. Then, quite rapidly, winds shifted East and filled in to 17kts. We were already nearing the jetties, so we kept the engine off, sailed through the jetties, then dropped the hook at Bird Island. Good practice! We played some cards, had lunch, then motorsailed with three sails all the way to Coquina Harbor.
I continue to educate myself about trim aboard Aria. Genoa car position continues to migrate aft of where I used to place them; I think my 130% genoa had been causing me to misjudge track position. I've also learned that outhaul position on the staysail can be used to move the draft of that oft-forgotten little sail. A few inches can make all the difference. Previously, I was only using the sheet to trim.
It was indeed a day for a daysail!