Downwind Sailing on Buzzards Bay

Posted on Friday 26 October 2007

Here’s a video from the downwind leg of the trip to Tarpaulin Cove, back on August 18, 2007.The weekend this was taken had some pretty nasty winds, with gusts of over 35 knots from what I was told. A friend told me that some moored boats in Newport had dragged and been damaged during that weekend. The wind was out of the north, and the video was taken during the passage from New Bedford to Menemsha. We were sailing under the genoa alone, and doing over 12 knots most of the downwind leg.We actually decided not to go into Menemsha, since Menemsha Harbor faces Northwest and the entrance would have been pretty treacherous under those conditions. We ended up heading over to Tarpaulin Cove, on Nashuon Island, since the cove faces Southwest, and was well protected from the winds that day.I’ve got a video from the upwind leg, which I’ll be posting shortly… it was not quite so pleasant.

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