Some cruising sailors entered a local race series, and to improve their chances they decided to lighten ship. They took off their diving gear, books, extra clothing, and all the other stuff that tends to accumulate on a cruising vessel. They even offloaded their chain rodes and anchors, figuring they wouldn’t need them to go around the buoys, sent down some spare halyards, and retuned the rig.
The boat was definitely faster after all this, but the sailors were shocked that what had previously been a significant amount of weather helm had suddenly become an alarming amount of lee helm. What factor or factors might have caused this?
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Photo courtesy of Robert Perry
In other news, if you haven’t seen the “Parachutes” story yet, scroll down in the Blog to see both installments. This has been our most-read article here, by a good bit, and I hope you will join in the fun.
This coming Friday we’ll tell the Depression-era tale of the schooners “Commodore” and “Vigilant,” and how they unintentionally thrilled America in a voyage from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest.