Shakeout Cruise Successful
06 November 2013
After a solid month of boat prep, we needed to make sure that we remembered how to sail. I'm pleased to report that we did! Prior to our departure Friday for the Bahamas, I wanted to shake out the sails and make sure that Aria's rig was ready, the one thing you can't test at the dock. It was a lovely morning, sunny with winds 10-13kts NE. Once clear of the jetties, we killed the engine, and she took off nicely in 3' seas. We were headed south, sailing well, so it was painful to turn around. But alas, there was little time to enjoy the conditions, so 2nm out and back was the most we could spare. Still, it's a comfort to have had time to make a shakeout cruise.
Upon our return, we fueled Aria and then brought provisions aboard. I had a last-minute bug in the Satlink that had me sweating. Fixed now, but isn't it funny how, no matter how much cushion I build into my prep schedule, the work expands to fill the last possible second?
Tomorrow the crew comes aboard to stow their stuff, the final step before our departure Friday 0900.