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Our Second Sailing Excursion

This time, we planned to head down to some abandoned grain elevator or such about 12 miles from Paris Landing. Susan waited at the mouth of the harbor to take some pictures of me while I launched the boat. Once can do this in about 20 minutes with planning and practice. Noticing a favorable wind, I sailed out of the harbor and towards the point where Susan and Katherine would reboard. Unfortunately, it was too shallow and I nearly ran aground.  I moved forward as the rear is always the first area to hit bottom and with sail power alone the boat moved on. I turned around and was amazed at how fast the boat took off with just one person. All of the pulleys on the boat are the single wheel type from Home depot, and actually, none are very good for uses where you need to be able to easily pull on things. So imagine my horror when I was rocketed in back towards the harbor and was having difficulty in brailing the sail.  On the way back in, Susan called for me to raise the sail but I decided to wait.

The Hitia 17 sails down the Tennessee River.

The Hitia 17 sails down the Tennessee River.

I head out of the Harbor under sail.

I head out of the Harbor under sail.

We reboarded and sailed a bit up the river before I started the engine and began to motor up to our point. A couple of miles later, Susan and Katherine were asleep I think and a power boat roared past pretty close. The resulting wake sent up a huge wave which sent water pouring in the hatches, all over the deck and boat occupants. Perhaps over reacting, I decided to head to shore to allow people to dry out a bit and also check to see how much water was in the boat. Nothing too serious, but we decided to turn around as we didn’t want to be drenched for hours getting there and back.  We started back after picking up some shells, then tried to sail. But a sudden gust of wind ripped the grommet out of the sail. We again headed for land. I tied the sail to the down haul and this repair worked just fine. We sailed and motored back to harbor. Decent 4 hour trip.

 

Preparing to board the boat on a fall day.

Preparing to board the boat on a fall day.

 

Beached on the river.

Beached on the river.

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