April 12, 2008
As we unfurled the sails at the mouth of Pagan Creek, the wind was 20-25 out of the west. I only let the sails out halfway, but that was still too much. We reefed in some more and beat downwind at 5.5 knots with only 1/3 of the canvas out! After passing under the James RIver Bridge again, the wind was out of the SW 20-25 and blowing across a 2 mile fetch. The water right in front of Newport News was a confused mess, and it was cruishing our boat speed. I decided to bring in the sails and motor straight into the wind.