I took another nephew out sailing on Thursday. We planned to have him take some shots of me sailing from the water, but the wind was so slack we spent most of our time just hoping to get somewhere. One of these days I'll get an action shot of the Intrepid B in the ocean...

We've had Kona winds (light winds out of the southwest) all week, and they just started shifting today. Normally, the trades blow straight onto the beach, but Konas blow offshore at Kailua Beach where we launched from. But since the trades were coming back, the wind veered around from just about every direction before finally settling down to a very light northerly. Of course, we had sailed south, assuming we'd have a following wind on the way home.

To top it off, on the way back we ended up in a vast minefield of coral heads at low tide, with barely a ripple to indicate shallow water, and every time we got a bit of speed up, we'd come up on another head. My nephew kept an eye out and pulled the daggerboard up at the approach of shallow water, (giving him a good lesson in the effect of the daggerboard on leeway) but as the light failed it got harder and harder to see, and we fetched up hard a couple of times.

Next time I go that way, I'll just head straight out the channel until I'm completely outside the reef, instead of thinking a straight line is the shortest distance.

We were still out on the water when the sun went down and the wind (which had been pretty negligable to begin with) dropped to almost nothing. We made it back to the beach by 7:30, by dint of some paddling and a lot of sculling with the rudder.

I'm hoping we'll have our normal 10-20s this weekend, though I suspect this sail is pretty much shot. It was made out of extremely light poly-cotton, and the grommets at the peak and clew have both torn out and been repaired with sheet bends. Ironically, the knots seem to help the shape of the sail...

A new sail cut out of heavier canvas is in the works, but I'm not sure when it will be done, especially since I'm going to do a bunch of handwork on the grommets this time, instead of just trusting the hammer.

Jimmy Havok