“Grip the wheel a little tighter when you approach those swirls,” offers Sudie Henson, co-skipper of the Tripp 47 Navitae Juvenis, as we near a zone of confused, fast-moving water. The bow pierces a swirl, and the wheel heaves from side to side.I grip harder and the helm settles down. As we skirt the shoreline, Navitae’s rig is dwarfed by British Columbia’s mainland coastal range to starboard and the temperate rain forests of Vancouver Island’s east coast to port.
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[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the September 2007 issue of SAIL.]
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Posted by DS on September 10, 2008