Today was a landmark outing in that my daughter Jennifer consented to
go along for the first time. Early-on, and under the advice of several
of my Potter cronies, I had decided to make sure that I was
comfortable with my sailing skills before asking Jen to join me. Today
we did it.
And a wonderful day it was. We Sailed out of Richmond Marina with a planned
destination of Loch Lomond, across the bay in Marin County. 4-5 knot
winds greeted us just out of the marina, so I went under sail
immediately. Initially, good headway was made into the in-coming tide
and winds. As the currents became overpowering, I switched to motor
out to the jetty where we found a constant blow of 8-10 knots . . . we
were on our way!
Winds continued to
build over the next hour, and we found ourselves in 20 knots in the
center of the bay. Wanting to keep this a totally positive experience
for Jen, I decided discretion the better part of valor, and set a
course back toward the marina on the promise of an early dinner out in
This was also my
first sail in high winds with another body aboard. The added 'ballast'
makes a noticeable difference in P-15 balance once cockpit traffic
issues are resolved with the crew. For
the most-part, Jen handled herself wonderfully, and I expect is going
to take to this sailing thing as she gets a little more experience
under he belt.