Last night was a big night for us, too bad the wind did not want to join the party. BIG kudos to the team here getting the boats ready and in the water and basically ready to sail after a major refit over the winter!
The big theme last night was Shear as defined by any change in wind speed or direction in a straight line. It really hit me last night thinking about where the direction had the biggest change and why. Oyster Bay is landlocked (essentially) and we had the wind wanting to blow off the land near the land. There was a line of demarkation (to use that phrase) from the traffic light at shore road to the Flowers dock. Right of that line and you were in a “upper atmosphere righty”, left of that and you could set the kite on what we had set up as a beat! As my good friend Ed Adams would say “pretty cool” (his favorite movie was Twister due to the cool weather shots). The big thing to think about was the breeze was always heading down low, this was caused by the wind “shutting off” down low due to the COLD water and the warm gradient breeze up high (hence the shear).
So how do I set my sails up for that? TWIST (good movie, great game, all good) Vang off, mainsheet in (but not tight), snug outhaul (the breeze was always heading down low), this set up will help keep the boat moving. Now for the jib in thinking about it (unfortunately yes I do stay up at night thinking about this) might have been good to have jib lead all the way back, flatten the foot, twist open the top. Got to try that out as we will have a Sailable day with shear at some point this spring.
One other BIG one is “walk softly and carry a big stick”, it is so easy to not think to walk softly on a boat, but in the 0-2 you have to so you don’t disturb the sails/flow/
In reality there really was not much sailing last night but a lot of getting reacquainted with the Match 40, getting to hang out at Oakcliff with good friends and making some new ones and having a beer at Jacks! Quite honestly life can’t get better than that!
But lets get back to the business at hand, a few takeaways:
Tell tales, get the cassette tape and get tell takes on the shrouds and backstay!
Use your senses, feel the temp difference, smell yes smell ( it is fertilizer time) by the weekend I bet you will be able to smell the breeze off the land!
Look, for clouds, dirt bombs (big construction on shore road) there was a huge puff last night along the shore and the only way you could tell was the dirt bomb the ripped down the road.
Experiment with sail set up, try things and ask questions (that is why we are here).
Going forward I will be sending out to registered supporters who have sailed on that previous Tuesday. A annotated version on the website will appear every Wed.