I thought I'd have a nice little sail from Jost van Dyke through the pass at Soper's Hole to The Bight in Norman Island but the winds were quite a bit stronger than I'd thought. I had 3 reefs in both sails and was comfortably doing 6-8 knots and enjoyed watching a number of other boats with full or almost full sails heeled way over and fighting the gusts; the true wind was between 15 and 20 knots and occasionally a bit more. Unfortunately my autopilot exhibited the same issues yet again and was unusable in the rough swell. I'll have to figure out what the problem might be as I checked the physical installation of the rudder sensor at the quadrant and there was no looseness or problem visible at all.

Moorings charter racing The wind was at 15-20 true and this Moorings charter yacht had a feisty racing crew of 3, all wearing sailing gloves and intent on getting the last bit of speed from their boat. I felt a bit guilty as I passed then, with 3 reefs in both sails and barely heeled over; but in this case it really was waterline length which ruled. At times they were heeled over so far that I thought they might get in trouble and they were fighting the wheel the whole way.
(2012-01-02 15:34:42 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Moorings charter racing
Megayacht ketch dropping sails A beautiful ketch dropping the last of her sails prior to anchoring at Norman Island's "The Bight"
(2012-01-02 18:29:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Megayacht ketch dropping sails
Beautifullyl elegant ketch A modern ketch with classical lines anchoring in The Bight at Norman Island.
(2012-01-02 18:37:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
Beautifullyl elegant ketch
Sun setting over the Bight The sun setting over Pelican Island with Tortola in the background in the safe anchorage of The Bight on Norman Island.
[18°18'59.02"N 64°37'14.75"W (facing N)]
Sun setting over the Bight
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