Saturday (August 24th)
– crew: Ardic, Sinem, Izzet, Batuhan, Senol, X
– weather: light in the morning, increasing NNE through out the day coming by the western area of our harbour
As we dock out, we find no wind or almost. Let’s straighten the rigg which seems more loose than usual.
A 45min work involving everyone (as to make it quick) while we are heading West, to meet the wind as quick as possible.
As soon as ready we hoist the mainsail, then roll out the J1 in a light SW wind totally not expected.
With a bearing of 280 we can see some wind ahead of us, rather strong and from N. As we approach, I decide to roll the J1 and wait to evaluate how strong the breeze will be. In less than 1min, the wind changes then from SW to NNE and right away, we can accelerate to 12-15knots with the mainsail only. To be on the safe side, we roll out our J3, not knowing how strong the puffs will be. Boat speed immediately touching 25knts with more wind to come, we decide to take reef 1.
Great speed but for sure too much for coming back against the wind.
Relaying each other, Ardic and Sinem are enjoying helming. We finally tack as we are getting too close to shallow waters. We are about 35 to 40 miles west of the Bosphorus but our goal is now to reach those islands and back to western istanbul marina on time to being ready for the organized at 6pm. We need to have average 23knots the next 3 hours. Can we make it?
Right after the tack, we take down the mainsail to reef 2 and can now “fly”. The wind is up and down but the speed remains above 24knots all the time. Nice feeling.
Sunday (August 25th)
– crew: Ardic, Sinem, Izzet, Batuhan, Levent, Senol.
Bike, Ardic’s sister, a couple and their 5yrs old son are supposed to join later at sea.
Like yesterday, the wind is very light, and we have a choice to make: either try West again or East right away to welcome Bike and her friends coming on a motorboat.
We struggle the first 1,5 hours to sail the 20miles towards the “meeting point”. We even need to use the engine as the breeze dies or turns 360deg several times.
Finally we can see 2 figures at the speedometer as the wind increases. Our guests are on board and we can have more and more fun. One reef in the mainsail is safer as to not take too much risks. The fun is there and we sail around and around, racing ferries and cargoships.
The record of the day is, so far, the record of the year as we manage a 29,6knots after our guests left Yasasin, under J3 and 1 reef in the main. So nice and enjoyable