Monday, August 28, 2006

Fall Is In the Air

Smells like Fall which means only one thing. It will be time to haul-out soon. I hate haul-out. It will mean a long winter of off-season with no sailing what-so-ever! However I can use this time to brush up on basics and research, research, research.

The basin regatta is September 9, 10 so I have a few weeks in-between to possibly do some practicing and get together with the crew to discuss plans for next year. Our bowman crewed on another boat last few days and has some good notes to share. The tactician also has been reviewing the J videos and making notes as well.

The crew has requested that we sit down and write out responsibilities for each member. Up to this point we have been fairly loose as to exact duties. I think we are on the verge of becoming a tight crew and it is time to step things up a notch. Looking forward to next season already.


Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...

I hear ya... Fortunately, haulout down here is still two months off...not long enough..but still I'll take what I can get.

11:57 AM  
Blogger the skip said...

Adriftatsea...We are still a few months off as well. End of October is haul-out but Fall is definitely in the air. On the upside it makes for some nice windy days on the water!

Guess the realization summer is over just hit me! Drag. Whereabouts is "down here" for you? Kind of envy Desert Sea . They must have a fairly long sailing season. Can't think of why you would even take a boat out of the water in New Mexico!?!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

I can't imagine not being able to sail all year long. It must be tough having to put all the gear away every winter.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Sure we take the boat out of the water ... to move it to another patch of water. (Grin)

Because of New Mexico's varied lake elevations, we can sail at a high-altitude lake during the summer, then move south (and 900 metres lower) for the cool-weather season. Sometimes the winter days are too cold and raw, but other days are lovely, with few other boats on the water, wildlife to watch, and gentle conditions to enjoy.

With our highest-elevation sail at altitude 9,017 ft. and our winter sailing at 4,325 ft., that's more than a mile of altitude range. And, if we get to San Diego in late December, that'll be almost two miles. All that is of more than merely academic interest, since sailing conditions vary with altitude, making life more interesting.

It makes me wonder: given that atmospheric pressure can be 20 to 40% lower on the mountain lakes we sail than at sea level, has anyone tried to make up adjustment factors for the Beaufort wind force scale? Presumably it takes more wind at altitude to heap up waves (subject to limits of wave fetch and duration of a blow) and heel a boat -- but how much more?

5:07 PM  
Blogger the skip said...

Very interesting question Pat. Never even considered the ramifications of altitude. But please don't talk to me about winter days being raw. -22° celcius can be pretty brutal. A little chill on a lake in New Mexico would be welcomed in the dead of winter here! Brrrr. sends shivers up my back just thinking of what's ahead.

Love the fact that you can go Lake hopping!

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