I took out BlackJack, my J29 Sailboat for a day sail to try out all the new gears I recently installed.
There wasn’t much wind at first. I practiced tacking cross-sheeted, somewhat clumsily at times. I also tried and checked how well all the headsail trim controls worked.
I’m happy to report that the new genoa leads worked great. And the new Harken 46.2STA self-tailing winches, they are absolutely fantastic. A sheer joy to use.
Cross sheeting the genoa sheets make for easy trimming while driving single-handed.
I hove to and rewarded myself with a sandwich and a nap. It was warm, quiet, and the sky was clear. It was gorgeous.
Coming back into the bay, I found plenty of wind. BlackJack was happily power reaching. Which made me very happy.
I wish we could do this every day.
Nearing Ballast Point, there was a boat with a woman laughing hysterically. I think it was a laugh. More like a crazy laughing Siren, perhaps. The Siren was no doubt intoxicated but was very happy as well.
I guess we were all happy on this beautiful day.