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First Day Out!

03 April 2007 | San Diego, CA
I've been having technical difficulties with my blog site... sorry! I THINK I FIGURED IT OUT AND WILL POST AS OFTEN AS I CAN NOW.. :)

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vessel Name: JUNESSA
Vessel Make/Model: 28' Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC)
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: Rick Peterson
About: JUNESSA has a few new crew members! My lovely wife, Terri, who is eager to go cruising as a family! Taylor, our teenager, and Jenna our youngest and Pixie the wonder dog.
This is my very first boat!!!! Nothing like starting out with the best Blue Water Cruiser money can buy! The BCC was designed by Lyle Hess and made famous by Lin & Larry Pardey as they documented in books, videos and dvd's their sailing adventures on board their homebuilt BCC 'Taleisin'. My [...]
JUNESSA's Photos - (Main)
Working and Playing on the Big Island of Hawaii ALOHA!
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Created 20 January 2009
Working on bottom and interior.
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Created 9 January 2009
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Created 12 April 2007
Here's a few shots of prepping the boat for the long ride NORTH to Gig Harbor, Wa. It took about 5 hours to prep and load her up.
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Created 8 April 2007
Here's a few shots of my 1985 28 foot Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC) built in Vancouver, BC. She's a full keel fiberglass hull with teak and mahogany wood throughout. She's powered by a Volvo 28hp diesel.
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Created 7 April 2007
I had a great day learning how to sail my BCC. The learning curve was a little steeper than I had anticipated. The day ended pretty crappy... I couldn't get the engine out of gear and I plowed into the back side of a large powerboat in the slip next to me. OUCH!
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Created 7 April 2007
This was the first day on board Junessa. I looked in every corner on board and climbed to the top of the mast! I had Chinese food and Corona Beer then feel asleep to some beautiful candle light and music.
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Created 4 April 2007
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