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a breakdown in communications

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:26 pm
by Hardover
I've been teaching my partner to helm. The loads on the genoa are too great for her to handle so it's the only option really unless she just sits there as ballast.
We were leaving the estuary passing along the sea wall directly into the wind which was blowing about 18 knots. I'd already hoisted the main with a single reef which was sheeted firmly in and the engine was running too.
As we passed the sea wall into the open sea I reminded her to "keep turned in" so that I could unfurl the genoa. As I was busy with the genoa there was an almighty BANG quickly followed by a second. I looked up and realised that she had turned the boat back to the shore in an area immediately to the north of the sea wall which is nothing but rock and huge breakers.
We'd only hit a submerged rock! I managed to grab the tiller and move us out of danger.
People keep telling me how fortunate I am that my partner sails with me.................................................................

Re: a breakdown in communications

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:56 pm
by TyroSailor
Hmmmmm. A lucky escape! And possibly a lesson learned all round. :shock:

I wonder if now is the time to point out that the genoa can be unfurled on any point of sailing........