First Day Out!
03 April 2007 | San Diego, CA
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My first day out sailing was awesome! I headed out of the Kona Marina solo and looked to my left and saw about 300 sailboats and to my right was about 20 boats... Since I'm a student driver, I turned RIGHT and headed OUT TO SEA!
It was a blast hoisting all three sails and feeling the wind kick into high gear! Once the motor was off, it got so quite and peaceful... until the winds picked up to 15-20kts... then I was working OVERTIME at keeping the boat tracking straight. I learned that the BCC (probably all sailboats) will try their darn-est to turn into the wind unless you de-power the sails and put a reef in the mainsail... My auto pilot didn't have enough muscle to keep her straight so my learning curve got really steep!!!! The sealions must have known I was greenhorn, because they sure where making alot of noise when I sailed by.... :)
I made it all the way out to the 5-mile buoy and then turned around and made it back into the harbor with no problem. Once I dropped all the sails and got the iron horse running, it was time for some maneuvering-under-power practice before heading back into the tight marina!
I was feeling very confident and made a bee-line to the marina. The winds were still kicking up around 10-15 knots so I went in real slow... I wasn't going to make the 90 degree turn into the slip, so I gave it pulse of power.... shifted into neutral.. so I thought! OH CRAP!!! She's still in gear!!! I tried and tried to put her into reverse... but no luck! POW!!! Right into the stern of a 38 foot Carver power boat. OHHHHH WHAT A WAY TO FINISH A PERFECT DAY......... :(
NO LAUGHING OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!