I took the helm and came hard on the wind. The bow was pointed toward the beaches and bluffs of Malibu and from my vantage point at the leeward helm, I played with the tell tales, steering up, and then back down. A nice afternoon westerly breeze of about eight to 10 knots was filling in from the Pacific Ocean and as we feathered, I looked back and forth from the bow, to the binnacle, to the speed on the GPS — 7.4, .5, .6 knots. I’d take it.
The boat, still in the affable throws of commissioning, was the new Dufour 560. And though there were 10 of us aboard, you never would have know it whether in the cockpit or down below. But while the boat was a thrill to sail, the fun part was the company. Our crew was made up of a range of talented and experienced racers and cruisers, so as we sailed, control lines got tweaked and everyone who took the helm tried to outdo the other on boat speed. Though we’d ultimately top out above nine knots with the spinnaker up, by the end of the day it was laughter that we kept outdoing each other on more than anything else.
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