11 Dec 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.
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