I seem to be doing more than my fair share of jib and mizzen sailing lately.
After three days of having no wind at Sucia, we awoke to a very nice 15kt southeasterly wind for the return trip on monday. Perfect! A welcome sight after having motored over 40 miles during the previous three days.
Bob and I set sail for Sandy Point marina together, Bob in his Jim Michalak designed Scram Pram "Duck" and I in Ellie, having dropped off my son Tim at school in Bellingham the day before.
Heaving-to like this only takes seconds when you have all the controls led back to the cockpit. Even lashing down the tiller is quick. I use a bit of line with three loops in it. One in the center and one on each end. I slip the center loop over the tiller and the end loops over the stern cleats and that's all there is to it.
Still, I am looking forward to a relaxing sail next time out!