Well, over Labor Day Weekend, I was out of town. I went sailing up at the lake, and had a great time. Saturday especially had a great wind. We had the million dollar wind on Wawasee. I had a solid 7 mile run on a tack. The wind was averaging 20 knots with gusts up to 30+ knots, which is a pretty significant breeze to be sailing an Inland Lake Scow in.
I got about 8 hours sail time in Saturday, and I'm feeling it today, that's for sure. I had to work hard on the boat, but it was challenging and a hell of a lot of fun. I actually was pushing the boat so hard that we stuffed it several times. Stuffing a sailboat, by the way, is sailing it so hard that you drive the bow under the water and you swamp the boat from the 2-3 foot wave that rolls up the foredeck. Then you need to get a quick tow to pop open the emergency bailers in the stern to drain the hull.
The best part of the day was flying the spinnaker on a downwind run. There is nothing like sailing an I boat with the spinnaker deployed. That huge sail opens with a loud thump, and the bow lifts, and you take off downwind at an ungodly fast rate of speed.
This isn't my image, the boats are from the Inland Scow Association site, but this is an I Boat with the spinnaker flying. It's a thrillride you wouldn't believe. It's nearly better than sex!
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