Rough going out, nice coming back. Almost dead on the nose in 20kts of wind and five foot seas. Being on the Pamlico Sound, the wave intervals are about one second apart as the energy builds up and there’s no where for it to dissipate as it does in the open ocean. Made for a bumpy and pounding ride. I should have just kept the sails up and reefed and fell off the wind, but the weather was already unpredictable and I didn’t want to struggle with taking down the sails if it got really bad. The challenges on single-handing.
The return trip was great. Off the port beam with about 10kts of wind. But that soon built up when I reached NR1 and it was consistent in the teens. That’s the second part of the video.