10 November 2017 | Majuro, The Marshall Islands
25 October 2017 | Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati
22 October 2017 | Equator South Pacific
07 October 2017 | Port Denarau, Fiji
05 October 2017 | Denerau, Fiji
23 September 2017 | Musket Cove, Fiji
23 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
15 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
08 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
06 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
01 April 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
31 March 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
26 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Cay, Exumas
20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay
02 March 2017 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
24 February 2017 | Little Harbour, Abacos
16 February 2017 | Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas
14 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas
11 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas

A Windward Discovery

11 July 2013 | Little River, SC
Tammy, Stephanie and I took Aria out for a daysail, then anchored behind Bird Island for the night. We dinghied ashore twice for walks, I grilled fish for dinner, made a pancake breakfast, and I swam both days for exercise. But it was during our sail that I made a nice discovery.

Winds were steady 15kts from the south, so we were beating offshore as usual in the summer, first on a port tack toward Cherry Grove pier, then on a starboard tack outside the Little River sea buoy. Not exactly Aria's favorite point of sail. Now I've long-known that my genoa cars don't come far enough aft to properly harden the foot of my 135% genoa. This has hurt pointing ability, as I can't set the draft properly. I decided to try reefing down the genoa to 110%, which moved the clew far enough forward that I could now get the proper angle of pull from the genoa car. My new genoa has loaf foam, so despite the reef, I still had good sail shape. Suddenly, Aria was sailing about 10 degrees higher. Tammy was at the helm and couldn't believe the difference. Our heading had been toward Cherry Grove water tower; suddenly we were parallel to the beach, sailing down the coast. I must say, I was a bit surprised as well by the extent of the performance improvement. In light winds, furling the genoa would be a difficult choice to make, but above 10kts of wind speed, 110% is plenty of headsail.

What does 10-degrees mean to a passagemaker? I'm so glad you asked, because I get to use my high school trigonometry. Over 24 hours, at an average speed of 6kts, the distance we can save is 144nm x SIN(10 degrees) = 25nm, or 4 hours at 6 kts. Someday I hope to be sailing north up the Red Sea, a 1,400nm beat with prevailing wind dead on the nose. Those 10 degrees will get us to the Mediterranean almost two days sooner.

Not a bad day's work on Long Bay.
Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, SC
Crew: The Hetzers: Tammy & Michael
About: Email: michael (at) webhenmedia (dot) com
Home Page: http://www.sothishappened.me
Album: Main | So This Happened
Oct-Nov 2017 aboard Moon Dancer
54 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
33 Photos
Created 22 April 2016
65 Photos
Created 30 June 2015
Continued, beginning with Christmas Eve on Hawksbill Cay through Staniel Cay and beyond
73 Photos
Created 27 December 2013
This album covers a lot of sailing. First we sailed Aria from Little River to Nassau with Tom Leonard and Gary Miller. Later, while I remained aboard Aria, the family plus my old college pal, Larry Knipp, joined me at various times throughout the winter.
53 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
Conrad and I hiked 8 days through Bavaria beginning in Oy-Mittleberg and ending in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
28 Photos
Created 30 July 2013
June 2013: St. Helena Sound, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton
33 Photos
Created 25 June 2013
Tammy and I, sans kids, visit Beaufort, Morehead City, Bald Head Island and Southport
26 Photos
Created 1 April 2013
Instead of a bushing, I used two custom-made steel plates to repair an elongated hole that supports the alternator.
9 Photos
Created 15 February 2013
Photo essay of my project to replace heat exchanger, and make several other upgrades to the fresh water and sea water loops.
18 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
25 Photos
Created 6 September 2012
Tammy and I sailed to Cape Lookout Bight, then returned via Wrightsville Beach to Bald Head Island, where the kids and dog joined us. Lovely family vacation!
27 Photos
Created 12 August 2012
Michael's voyage from the BVI to Bermuda, May 7, 2012
25 Photos
Created 6 May 2012
Pictures sailing in our home waters, a stretch of the coastal Atlantic called, Long Bay.
5 Photos
Created 28 April 2012
Scott Jackson, James "JD" Dodd and myself sailing from Marsh Harbour, Abacos to Little River, SC, clearing in at Charleston, SC
21 Photos
Created 24 April 2012
Hetzers, Plus Sarah Martin!
32 Photos
Created 8 April 2012
Trying out the new mainsail, a mylar/taffeta laminate sail from Neil Pryde.
9 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
17 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Six guys, two identical Beneteau 40s, a dozen islands and ample stores of rum - how I spent spring break, 2010.
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Summer 2010
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Christmas 2009
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
The boat was in Milford, CT when I bought it. We sailed it home... well, motored mostly, as there was no wind, and we got the mainsail jammed in the mast on the first day. We came ashore in Atlantic City to take on more fuel.
26 Photos
Created 2 April 2012