One of the important seamanship skills on our practice agenda was (is) “heaving to.” With plenty of time on our hands and some pleasant sailing weather last week, we decided to give it a go. Did it work? Textbook!
Now, given that we had our entire Genny out at the time, we really wouldn’t want to keep the sails in that same configuration for too long as I’m sure we would end up with a lot of chafe over time. We’ll have to experiment some more to see how the boat balances with the sails reefed.
For those not familiar with heaving to, this link explains it pretty well. And if you want some more good boat-related reading, check out the blog Hove to off Swan Point. It is written by Russ Manheimer, the father of our first sailing instructor, Captain Dave. It is father’s day after all!