It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon for sailing so I put my Joel White Pooduck Skiff Annabel Lee in the water. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pics of her under sail from land but I did make a little video. Check it out -- I'm really moving. I think I was making 4.6 knots! (The music is Heave Away Me Johnnys from an album called The Wind in the Rigging.)
- A drysuit is very helpful, especially for getting in and out of the boat on the beach.
- Rig the boat completely before getting out on the water.
- A purple toy bucket can serve as a bailer and double as a head!
- A lee shore is not the best place to put in and take out, unless you want to get crushed by your boat or get your teeth smashed out.
- Lastly, remember to charge your VHF radio and test it before shoving off.
I turned on my GPS a while after I had launched and drifted west of Dash Point. There was a nice breeze from the north so I had a good run south toward Browns Point (yellow path), then I turned around and headed back, beating to windward (blue path). As you can see, she doesn't sail too close to the wind, so going upwind can be a real slog.