Russ Morgan sent this photo of a baby sea snake that was hiding in his sandal aboard his dinghy. It was taken in Saweni Bay, Fiji. Russ says “He is a cute little bugger but you don’t want to get bit by him!”
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Unexpected Encounters Part 2
Last week I put out a call for readers to share tales of their unexpected encounters while sailing. Not surprisingly most of those who responded had a story that involved an animal. This week’s Cruising Shot of the Week shared by Russ Morgan is a perfect example, see above. A few readers shared stories about close encounters with whales whose size was awe inspiring. One of my own memorable moments occurred when we were cruising in St. Croix. We were just starting a quiet day with breakfast at a mooring in Christiansted when my usually very logical husband exclaimed “It’s a… a… sea monster!” That got everyone’s attention. It turned out to be a horse and his owner out for an early morning swim through the mooring field. Some encounters are just too bizarre to immediately process efficiently.
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Thank you to all those who responded to the last survey question: How many days did you spend on your boat in 2016? 28% of respondents spent less than 50 days aboard, 37% spent 51 to 150 days aboard, 19% spent between 151 and 250 days aboard and 16% were lucky enough to spend more than 250 days on board.
I have a full batten at the top of my main and I can get good shape in light air on starboard but can’t get it to change to port no matter what I do!
Quantum’s Dave Flynn: Getting the batten to “pop” and change tacks is usually not problematic upwind because there is more apparent wind. However, it’s tricky to manage the batten when jibing downwind. Try to help create apparent wind by heading up out of the jibe. Then grab the mainsheet or boom and give a quick tug creating a fanning action while pulling hard on the vang.
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