|See ya Montebello's, still looks a little rough, hmm...|
This is far better than I ever expected. The boat can go to windward like a witch, even in a storm.
The storm, the video..
I spent a great deal of it below in the bunk. She may have gone quicker, as only 4 panels were on the foremast (3 reefed), but the ride was bumpy enough. Her light displacement, having the advantage of rising to the top of every wave and keeping us dry, has the disadvantage of transmitting every bump to the crew. But this kind of weather is ok for her, the waves are not short so no pogo effect. (It is the short chop which she doesn’t like.) Late in the day the rain pelted down, Susie climbed inside and set up the pram hood, then I took over while she hit the bunk. It was very satisfying sitting in the relative warmth and dryness of the saloon looking out under the pram hood at the rainy turbulent seas and not a drop coming in. I can see why Blonde Hassler considers the pram hood a necessity for his numerous Atlantic crossings. When we were within 10 miles of the coast the seas flattened out noticeably, even Susie perked up, and sat out in the cockpit saying how much nicer it was. The waves were a mere 1m, winds abating, Ashiki still doing 3-3.5 knots to windward.
I know Susie never wants to do a sail like this again, but Ashiki proves she can take us anywhere, with minimal input from her crew. I never ventured on deck, it was the perfect sail. Down below there was a lot of slamming going on, the hull was being hammered by the seas but Ashiki continued on with a bone in her mouth (bone - it’s the white water seen under the bows when a boat is sailing well). It was never scary, the hull didn’t sound like it was going to break, no creaks or groans, she sounded solid.