What Works
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What Works

What Works

What Works

The only way to make any progress in any direction is to use the asymmetrical spinnaker. Anything else and the swell mercilessly rolls the wind out leaving the sail filling and backing with enough force to shake the whole boat. One would think the mast is coming down with every lurch and jerk.

The asymmetric, however, is better mannered. Today it did all the work after some fun and games early this morning had me shifting gears with the mainland then the Solent and 110.

It is progress by slow. At the very least, we are not rolling from gunnel to gunnel. With no sail set it takes all fours just to stand in one place. I’ve slept these past two nights jammed into my bunk pushing hard with my feet against a locker and my back up against the hull. Sir Salty was not impressed when, as is custom aboard the boat, I reported the evenings weather analysis to him. Forecast: More of the same.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

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