As sailors, the direction of the wind dictates the set of our sails, our speed, and our sailing comfort. La Luna loves to reach and therefore sails best and is more comfortable for her crew when the wind is on the beam or somewhat aft of the beam. (The beam is the middle of the side of the boat.)
If the wind is coming from the direction we want to sail, then we must sail to windward which may involve tacking back and forth across the rhumb line (the straight line to our goal).
When we left Maine in October 2010 and decided to sail down the coast of the US to Jacksonville for Thanksgiving with the Klein family, we knew that we were going to spend much of the rest of that winter sailing to windward, sailing into the prevailing easterly winds as we made our way to the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and finally to the Eastern Caribbean.
As it turned out, we encountered weeks when we had to wait for a weather window, days of perfect sailing to the east, and days of tacking off shore in six foot seas. We were sailing to windward. It also turned out that we sailed to windward in other ways during our first year at sea as we encountered a steep learning curve, numerous unexpected boat projects, and challenges in our relationship.
Harts at Sea Sailing to Windward is comprised of the stories about our first year as full-time cruisers. It’s an often funny, sometimes useful, and always honest record of our journey from Portland, Maine to Grenada.
This blog is a companion to the book and will be mainly comprised of photos from this first year at sea. They will titled to fit the essays from the book and will be presented in the same order. I’ll also write about writing, self-publishing, and editing topics. Please join me. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
For an up-to-date account of our current travels, travails, and triumphs make sure you visit ny primary blog, Harts at Sea.
This first photo, was taken by fellow sailors and friends the Nordbys. They are both excellent photographers and this is a shot they took of La Luna sailing to windward in Quahog Bay in Maine.
Also, the neat photo of EW and me kissing in the stream during the Etang six hour hike was taken by our intrepid hike leaders, Jeff and Sandy from s/v Magic Inspiration.