Velocity Made Good = Justification for sailing when you can’t actually head in the correct direction

One of the first syllabus items in the american sailing association intro class is about how wind moves your boat.  Specifically, how it can push you along from behind, create lift like an airplane from the side, and stop your boat in its tracks when its coming straight towards you.  The phenomenon of going nowhere …

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Jenny to the rescue!

Since leaving San Carlos at the beginning of the cruising season we’ve seen fairly mild weather with the seas generally mellow and the winds too light rather than too strong.  We’ve gotten very confident handling the boat and planning passages.  Apparently too confident, and mother nature decided that we needed a lil' reminder to be …

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Attack of the Jejenes!

Matanchen has served up a big lesson on making plans while cruising: It's mostly an effort in futility and a waste of time.  Those beach bars we we’re so looking forward to patronising?  Oh yeah, they line the beach as promised, alongside THOUSANDS of tiny, swarming, itchy, biting no-seeum like bugs known in these parts …

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