Boundless in a Blow

Boundless in a Blow

Departure:  Clipper Yacht Harbor
Arrival:  Clipper Yacht Harbor, Sausalito
Distance (nm): 28.8
Engine Hours: 1
Crew & Guests:  Julian, Colin (Marley taken home)
Weather: Sunny, fairly Cool and consistent 20 – 30 knots

Log:  With a forecast for 20 – 30 knots, it seemed like a good day to get out there and finally put into practice some of the ‘heavy weather’ capabilities of Boundless.  Out of the marina, we put up the main and the genoa and headed up Raccoon Straights in fairly light winds, shielded from the northwesterly by the Tiburon Peninsula.  Turning up towards the Richmond Bridge we were more exposed and had a great romp north before switching to the staysail and trying some heaving to.  The Passport sits really comfortably hove-to, and using some power on the main, we could see that we could keep a nice angle against the waves if needed.  Continuing with the ‘trying things out’ theme, we took in a reef (for the first time), then a second, and enjoyed a lovely swift downwind ride to the San Francisco waterfront, south of the Oakland Bay Bridge.

Some tacking back across the Bay, under staysail and still reefed main and we were super happy, despite some nice walls of water coming over the bow thanks to the short choppy conditions.  Wet decks (and jeans) and big smiles!


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