Sunday, January 20, 2008

Jan 20, 2008

Zushi Wan
Temp: 2 - 8 degrees centigrade
Wind: offshore @2-4 m/s
Sea Conditions: flat with lots of seaweed close to the shore
Companion: Stuart Smyth and 'George', briefly

Wore a full wetsuit, gloves, boots and sailing smock. As the winds were light I didn't need a hat. Made the mistake of getting cold water in my boots while launching and regretted it for the rest of the day.

Rigged the jib and managed to stay ahead of Stuart while the winds were light but as soon as it picked up Stuart raced ahead. Sailed out to Najima - through the channel and out to the point before heading back to Zushi Bay.

Stuart tried out his cut-down mast. Performed without any problems, but he should be careful with it until he's out in stronger winds, and when things warm up, capsize.

First winter sail this year and expected it to be a lot more difficult. If I capsize in these conditions I'll get back in the boat and head home. Will look into getting some warmer footwear or perhaps some waders during the coming week.

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