12 Nov Any Fool
Any fool can put up a sail. A Sailor, however, knows when to take it down. Judging by Seaburban’s sail plan this past day or so, I don’t know what that makes me. Perhaps a foolish sailor for, putting everything up and the reeling it all right down.
You see I’ve got her shortened right down and there’s hardly any wind. But we reel off the miles in an easy, workman-like manner and I cannot find a good reason to crowd on some more canvas. Maybe I would back home but that would be for vanity’s sake alone.
True wind speeds are in the upper teens off the starboard quarter. I’ve got the 110% jib poled out to windward and well into the fourth reef. The Solent is just a scrap and the main is down to the third reef. With so little sail up, we’re still seeing 6.5 to 7.8 knots.
It’s good to go fast, but to do it with so little strain on everything is magical. Seaburban, I’ll add, is not fast. Coyote is fast. Like 8 days San Francisco to Hawaii fast. She’s an Open 40 that was on the slings while I was at the Berkeley Marine Center.
The two boats could not be any different and thank heavens Buzz, Coyote’s owner and skipper isn’t here to see the menagerie I’ve got up. I am almost certain he would be voting fool. But then again it’s better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Or, in the case of a sailor, to raise a sail.
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