First sail of the season…

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Well, I finally got C2F put together enough to where I could take her out sailing today…and what a sail it was!!!
With winds blowing 18-23, I raised my anchor and snuck out of the anchorage under sail power alone, narrowly alluding several neighbors who offered their “help” to come sail aboard my very unique catamaran. I kind of wanted the company, but I also needed a little alone time with my girl…my steed…my Cat2Fold.
To feel her.
Remember her.
Reconnect with her on a deeper level, acknowledging our challenging times ahead. She needed to know that now, being singlehanded, we both need to step up our game. WE’RE responsible for keeping my family safe, happy, and having nothing but fun. I know I have, and still am putting tons of love, labor, and money into her. I will highlight all the repairs and work I have done to her in a separate blog entry. It had been over 6 months since our last sail together, for now, I wanted to see how she was going to respond to her new repairs, upgrades, and her new look.
Anyhow…
With tall, steep mountains dropping rapidly into the ocean surrounding the entrance channel, squirrelly, gusty winds abound until we reached the free flowing, uninhibited NW winds ripping straight down the Sea of Cortez.
Today would have been a pretty good day to cross the Sea over to the Baja. The tail end of a Norther was blowing itself out. Winds still plenty strong, and the sea can be a bit of messy, but at least you know that things are just going to keep settling. If you try to cross in front of a building Norther, the seas can be nice and flat as the wind builds, but then the seas and the wind can build to very untenable levels.
Today’s day sail was exhilarating! Sailing upwind at 9 knots, with water coming over the deck and the dodger, I was getting soaked and loving it! Bearing off and heading downwind had us surfing at a top speed of 13.6 knots. No headsails.
For awhile today, I got to play around with s/v Fast Lucy, a Nonesuch 40? I’m not sure of her length, however, Fast Lucy is a cat rigged boat just like Cat2Fold, but a monohull version with only one mast, very far forward. No chance of a headsail at all. Only one big mainsail on a freestanding mast with a wishbone boom (windsurfer boom). It was a lot of fun to have another boat out there to play around with, especially one that was of the same cat-rigged brethren.
Upon approach of the narrow cut through the mountains to enter the anchorage, I was daydreaming with visions of grandeur, sailing into the very populated anchorage and dropping anchor with no motors running. I’m VERY glad I reassessed that thought after seeing the wind whipped whitecaps rolling through the fleet whilst I lay nearly still in a windless dead zone less than a half mile away. I fired up the motors and quickly dropped sail. As I entered the windy area (the anchorage), I headed over to the same spot where I had anchored earlier, which at 40+ feet of depth, is some of the deepest water I would prefer to anchor in. The wind was blowing a steady 25. After motoring to the spot I wanted to drop anchor, I was already rapidly being blown backwards by the time I walked across the deck to where the anchor lives in order to drop it. Each time I dropped my usually trusty Rocna brand anchor and let out nearly 200′ of line, it never found a good spot to dig itself in and hold C2F firmly to the ground. Retrieving 200′ of anchor line, chain and anchor with no windlass and the wind blowing 25 knots all while singlehanding is no easy task! It turned into a game of trying to motor over the top of the anchor, switching the engines to neutral, running forward and picking up as much anchor line as possible before the weight of the boat was also pulling on the dragging anchor. Repeat until the anchor was up. I tried setting the hook three times in this one spot. After my third failed attempt, I decided to move into what was the only other conceivable location available for me to anchor. Luckily, my Rocna gripped onto/into terra firma, 32′ down below the water like our lives depended on it. Our lives DO depend on it!!!
As evening set, and I could finally relax, I sat and wondered how much anchoring drama I could have avoided had I just taken up the offer of company aboard. But, just like a lover, sometimes a little drama, a shared difference of opinion, and emotional setbacks are just what is needed to really understand, love and commit to each other through the good times and the bad.

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