A windy weekend expected with increasing wind throughout the day, both Saturday and Sunday
For the first time, Giang is joining us, flying from Denmark. After 3 years hearing about this boat, she finally gets a chance to see and feel what is happening on this famous Yasasin’s project. Thank you Ardic for making it happen.
Short crew again that weekend = lots of “sport”
Saturday, August 10th
– Meeting time 10am at the hotel to taxi to the harbour
– crew: Ardic, Izzet, Senol, Sinem, Giang and X
As you can imagine, we are ready to fight hard to hoist, trim, steer, maneuver and so on.
Lucky us the wind is decent, and we don’t have to worry too much.
We start with 2 reefs in the mainsail and J3. A slight hesitation occurred to begin with 3 reefs but I figured it would be too cautious.
Quickly the wind decreases and we go for reef 1 and J1.
Nice fun with rather high speed, toping 24-26knots and above, “racing” some cargo-ships around, or/and slaloming between some of those ships anchored. Excellent exercise, for sure. Tacking, Jybing, adjusting laylines, choosing proper angles to keep clear …. Great fun. Ardic is concentrated at the helm, smiling and shouting when above 25knots.
Giang enjoys every minute, is not sick, finds her way on the boat and is really eager to work hard, pulling the ropes, turning the winch-handles when ever needed. She has good time, for sure. And with Sinem, they make a great team together both talking and working hard.
– Sunday, August 11th
– Same meeting time at the Marmara hotel (10am)
– crew: the same as yesterday minus Sinem ( 😦 ) plus 2 of Ardic’s friends coming for enjoying the weather, the speed, the clean air, the company.
Again, 2 reefs in the mainsail and J3. Far enough for toping 28,6knots, record of the weekend held by Ardic.
The wind is not regular so we can take one reef off.
We decide to check out an island Ardic would like to do business on.
As we approach the area, the wind picks up and we really start having fun. Few tacks through the narrow straight dealing both with the shallow water and the boats all over the place and we can accelerate easing off the sheets a little, racing some ferries for the pleasure of their passengers waving, shooting us with their cameras.