Sunday, June 5, 2011

Screaming along under spinnaker

After double headsail reaching all night, the wind backed enough to launch the chute around dawn. The boat is moving beautifully. Sea state has calmed down a bit and a longer swell is taking over, allowing the autopilot to perform much better and the chute to behave itself.
 
I changed my mind on a stream entry point and am aiming a little further west. The counter current is all but gone, at least for the time being, which probably accounts for the decrease in chop.
 
I downloaded to standings a moment ago and saw Bluebird is leading the Class 4 pack - way to go Gust! I need to figure out how to get the upper hand here. He has to be loving that symmetrical kite on a run like this. He who best plays the currents in and south of the main body of the stream will pick up a key advantage.

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