I took the Sea Pearl 21 out solo today. I wanted to get any kinks or bugs worked out before taking my family out soon. The weather threatened to kill my plans. Last night was a stormy one. Very electrical and I opted not to camp out before sailing. This morning looked like more of the same, but I drove the hour up to Stockton Lake, anyway. I ended up putting the boat on the water about 11:30 am.
After a few small showers, the clouds parted and it got pretty nice. More boats joined me and the wind picked up. It did change direction, often and I spent much of the day going upwind. No matter which direction I picked to sail.
I really like the way this boat sails. Having no ballast tanks, since it's an early model SP21, I put three 50lb bags of gravel wrapped in pillow cases on the front cockpit floor. It gave it just enough stability that I could walk around onboard and not lean the boat heavily. That's about half the weight in water ballast that newer boats have. At one point, during a light, but steady breeze, I left the tiller and both sheets in jam cleats and just stood on the middle deck and let her sail herself. A very cool experience.
I got off the water about 5:30 pm. Having had a pleasant day on the water. I'm glad the weather shifted for the better.