After 36 hours of bending on sails, running the halyards through sheaves, scrubbing away winter grime and grit, Velella was ready to make way.
Departing at 0700 hours on April 6th, 2013, I slipped out of the marina at day break only to find myself outside the channel and suddenly aground.
Backing off under power was easy. But the thought of a new bottom job scratched off the keel was harder to bear.
Nonetheless, I entertained nearly 70 miles on Day one running mostly with the wind on the broad quarter under full sail in good air.
Most of the late PM the wind and tide were on my side, averaging 6.5 knots all day under the spinnaker and full main.
Day one at sea was a huge success.