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Saturday, June 29, 2013

More Mystic Pics

Here are some more shots from a different camera.  All photos courtesy of Rick LaFontaine.

Day 1, Friday:

I couldn't smile harder if I tried; this is LITERALLY living the dream.

My first visitor on the first day? Only Meade Gougeon, co-founder of West Systems Epoxy.   He is a GIS fan after having sailed with Simon in Florida.  He had nice things to say about my Goat.  Sir, the pleasure was mine.

There were many moments like this, and this was on a weekday with possible rain in the forecast.

Day 2, Saturday:

I tell some tall tale to fellow Goater, Paul.

WE row out into the channel but are not happy with the combination of heavy traffic and stiff breeze.

We find a more suitable spot to hoist the rig.

Wave to the fans!  You're on the internet!

Moving out on a starboard tack, beating upwind.

Our goal is to approach the iconic drawbridge upwind.  We get there in no time.

I wish I had rolled the sail a little neater...

Negotiating traffic.

Running with the wind, we kept pace with the rubber dinghy for a good while!

Chine slices nicely.

Sailing by-the-lee for a bit to get a feel for it.

Farther to the north we work across the wind just to see how a broad reach feels.  

Back on a starboard tack, we start heading up a bit to get back home.   I think the amount of sail twist is due to minimal downhaul tension.  I need to re-look my tackle because I run out of room before I get the tension I'd like.

Crew and helm start melding into a cohesive team.

Day 3, Sunday:
Lawn sailing.  I was far more comfortable raising the sail with the hull firmly on the ground and not on the trailer.

Maybe a little TOO comfortable...
So a major objective of mine was accomplished; I represented the GIS community at one of the world's premier small craft shows.  I look forward to visiting the next Goater on the lawn!

On the River

After hours on Saturday, Cap'n Paul graciously volunteered to be guinea pig crew as I took Chivita out two-up for the first time.  The breeze was fresh so we put in a single reef so as not to embarrass ourselves or the GIS community in front of hundreds of boat watchers that beautiful afternoon.

Chivita's first taste of brine

We decide to step then launch

PFDs on

GoPro camera on

First use of oars (no leathers yet)

She pulls into the wind just fine

We find ourselves smack in the middle of a very busy channel and search for a spot in the mooring field upwind to hoist the rig.   The wind was strong enough to give us concern about how quickly we can set sail.

Underway, I wrestle with temporary tiller extension.

This way...

That way...

40 minutes later and we're ready to call it.  In this pic we've made the decision to heave to and douse the rig and row back to shore rather the run down wind and do a beach assault landing.  This time...

Better safe than wet.

The Goaters return.  Paul has not yet sailed his GIS this season, so is happy to get out on the water in any GIS.

Friday, June 28, 2013

On the lawn

The Goat Island Skiff, "Chivita" displayed in the I Built It Myself exhibit at 2013 WoodenBoat Show, Mystic Seaport.
Alongside a Joel White Marsh Cat (modified)

Speaking with potential GIS builder

Cap'n Dave with Commodore of the QSS Fleet

Cap'n Dave scowls at something

The men of the Fleet

With fellow GIS captain, Paul of Branford

Three GIS captains in one frame: Dave, Paul and Ned of New Haven (yellow shirt)

Family fun

"Hey! No sailing in the yard!"

Captain at rest