Sitting to leeward with my back resting against the stern pulpit and a hand on the wheel, I had a clear view of the jib and it’s telltales. Looking out beyond the sail I had an even better picture of the sun dropping through a clear sky towards the top of the Olympic Mountains. The wind was blowing 15 to 20 knots and the Jeanneau 49 was pacing to windward so well I couldn’t help but crack a huge smile. Yes, it was a picture perfect night for a sunset cruise.
When I was asked to skipper the Jeanneau I jumped at the chance and in that moment I couldn’t help but think how nice it was to get out and sail a boat other than my own. Don’t get me wrong, I love my boat, she’s comfortable, fast and capable, but whether I’m chartering, teaching, racing or just going out on a friend’s boat, it is always a learning opportunity. Every boat handles differently under power, has assorted line configurations and sails with a unique temperament. The next time you get a chance to sail a boat other than your own, go for it, it’ll be worth your time.
Enjoy this week’s edition and have a happy and safe 4th of July!