We have been saying for a very long time that we need to go for an over night sail. You know, to experience things, to learn things,to break things and just to see what its like to sail at night. To say we learned a lot would be an understatement.
Before making the decision to head out overnight, we did all the right things, we checked the weather, we stocked up on everything and we made sure we had plenty of fuel incase the winds decided to die down. But heck, its only overnight, its not like we needed to do a lot. We weren’t going that far. Out the sound, thru the channel and into the Atlantic, turn around and come back. How hard can that be.
As it turned out, hard! The weather was wrong. The winds were predicted to be 10-15 knots.That is our sweet spot for our boat. They ended up being 25. The seas were supposed to be 2-3. They were 4-6 easily. I made the mistake of not securing everything because we (and when I say we, I mean me) mistakenly thought we wouldn’t need to. We haven’t had any really good winds in so long, we didn’t thing it would be any different. Things change, winds change, stuff happens. As we were being tossed around, stuff was flying off shelves, bunks and counter tops. I won’t be making that mistake again. Hopefully. (grin)
We had one incident where several of our reefing lines got tangled with our jib lines. That was not good. In fact, it was down right dangerous. I will take the blame for that one too. I raised the main sail and dropped the reefing lines.And then like a dummy, I just left them there. You can bet I will never make the mistake again. Fortunately no one got hurt and everyone stayed on the boat.
We had a friend come along with us. He proved to be an awesome helmsman. I’m not sure what we would have done without him. He untangled lines, he tightened lines, and he help sail the boat. It allowed us to nap for brief periods. When I was resting down below, I kept thinking how the boat felt like it was galloping at times. Then we would come crashing down on a wave and it would just about toss me in the floor. I did do a few faceplants into the bathroom door a few times. Walking down below was nearly impossible. I was thrown into the settees several times just trying to walk down below.
About 2 am, I was called to come up and see the moon glowing on the water. It really was beautiful. As morning approached, and the sun was coming up, the seas decided to settle down. It was a beautiful sunrise.
I hear several women say how much they love sailing during the night. I don’t think l am one of them. But I am willing to give it another try…..but not right away.