Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Go Fly a Kite!

Outside of racecourses and sailing photos, why is that you don’t see spinnakers all that often? Especially from the cruising crowd? Last Friday, as we sailed south under spinnaker across the Strait of Juan de Fuca we came across two other cruising sailboats going our same direction. One was motor sailing with just their mainsail up and the other was under power with bare poles. It was a picture perfect 10 to 15 knot day for all three of us to have our spinnakers up, or to at least be sailing with the engine off.

If you read that thinking, “I fly my spinnaker!” Thank you. For those of who have a spinnaker that never sees the light of day, put that on your list of things to do over the summer. Sure, I’m a little biased. You see, sailing with a spinnaker is one of my favorite things to do, cruising or racing. Seriously, it brings a smile to my face every time. But even more seriously, brush off the fantasy that flying a chute is too difficult, dangerous or whatever. With a little practice on a light to moderate wind day, flying a kite might just end up being the highlight of your sailing season!

Enjoy this week’s edition.

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