Today we hit a new speed record:
It happened while heading on a broad reach in 17+ knots of wind with the #1 genoa up. Boom vang tight. Mainsheet eased. Everyone on board hiking out near the back corner of the boat.
And the magic was the waves. By this time the lake began to develop some waves and we were corkscrewing along. I started to get the feel of how to climb up on a wave, turn slightly upwind to heat up the boat speed and then turn down just at the right moment to surf down the wave. Most of the time I missed the wave, but sometimes I would catch and we would surge into the high 9’s. And one magic moment: 10.1!!!
Fantastic. Everything was smooth, and the moment lingered as we rushed along, just like the sensation when body surfing and you get the timing right on a big wave. I’ll fall asleep reliving that moment!
We had a thrilling day on the water that had many modes, beginning with very light wind that built slowly and was stronger away from shore. We (and about fifteen other boats) followed that and were feeling really good about our progress until a new breeze began to build near the shore. That breeze was much stronger. It got to us eventually, but only after the rest of the fleet had overtaken us.
C’est la vie! Never mind — we went over 10 knots!