Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Like a giant flag

The wind came up pretty suddenly this evening, rising from just a few knots to a steady 25 with gusts ranging to nearly 30 kts. It is dark now, but some poor soul with a 35 foot (? it is dark) sailboat and a spinnaker flying loose from the mast head like a giant flag managed to get his boat tied up to the pump-out dock. That had to be a real test of his abilities, with that big flag yanking the boat around. The center of the spinnaker is blown out, and there are no sheets on it. I don't see how he will recover it until the wind dies enough for it to sag down to deck level. It has to be wrapped around the mast at least once.

What a mess. But what a capable captain.

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