Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Sailing in Soup

Last Sunday morning we set off with frustratingly little wind in a thin blanket of fog. Trying to hit narrow Agate Pass between the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island before slack and the approaching flood, there was little time to wait for either to cooperate. Schedules are the bane of a cruiser’s existence, and the tide is the ultimate watch keeper. Fortunately, we didn’t have far to go.

When we were finally spit out the northern mouth of the pass the wind freshened just a bit, but the pesky fog was still hanging around. Before dropping down below to check the AIS and radar, I scanned through the fog with binoculars to see if anything loomed. I could see a few miles—nothing. With nothing showing on screen either, I rolled out the genoa and trimmed for a reach. As we picked our way through the fog I continued to see nothing until, to my pleasant surprise, there were other sailboats out enjoying a day sail on the now building breeze. I guess you don’t have to be on a schedule to enjoy a nice sail in the fog.

Enjoy this week’s edition.

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