Monday, August 24, 2015

Zen in Frenchman's Bay

What a great day! This was Wendy's first trip as skipper to Frenchman's Bay and Grace and I were more than happy to crew. I was both honoured and inspired to be part of the 'maiden' voyage.

We set sail a little after 9:30 to arrive at noon. Ports was a great restaurant with an unobstructed view of the bay - and of Zen, perfectly tied to the floating dock and waiting our return. Hard not to love the view! The fish and chips were tasty, too.

We motored home. Wendy clearly loving the action at the helm, calm and confident in waves between 2-3 meters. Conditions were rough enough to bounce one of the shrouds from the forestay, but the bimini and dodger helped keep us dry from the frequent spray.

Zen is a beautiful boat! It was fun crewing a vessel that was so different from Yondering. Zen is much younger, a 2014 Bavaria. She's a bit bigger, has more horsepower in the engine, and a main with auto-furling. No traveler meant that to do wing-on-wing the main was actually unclipped and positioned to the starboard side of the ship for the desired angle. It was interesting to experience all the differences under both power and sail.

It didn't seem long before we docked at about 4:45 to toast the day with a glass of wine.

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