Another Day of triple-reefing - typical sailing in the Carib
18 02 N 63 06 W
What a difference from our years in the Med; we now find that in the Carib, there seems to always be far more than enough wind to sail from one island to another. It is very rare to run the engine except maneuvering in harbour…..and very rare to have full sails out…I really can’t remember a day since we got here without reefing sails to reduce sail area…reduce power…reduce heel angle…..and thereby make Sea Mist and her crew much more happy and comfortable.
Today, over the 10 hour trip, we had about 6 hours with wind (steady on direction out of the east which meant 110 degrees off the bow for our course) strength never below 27 knots…topping out at 34/35 knots. Seas ranged from 3-5 meters (up to 16-18 feet); the other four hours saw the wind range from 15 – 26 knots, most of it above 24 knots. only real difficulty was the variability of the wind strength…quite a difference in the amount of sail out at 15 -20; 20-24; 25-28 knots vs 30-35 knots ….so lots of reefing followed by letting a bit of main and yankee back out and then reefing again. And then the typical, for this winter, array of Carib showers. After having 2 or 3 nice sunny days, today saw the weather back to delivering a fair bit of rain and squalls with the trade winds otherwise blowing constant out of the east.