Saw a Nordica 16 in a Gale
August 08, 2010
It was blowing hard on Sutton's Bay recently and my pal and I decided not to go out in his O'Day 16 open boat. Other boats had reduced sail or were heading back in.
One little daysailor with cuddy caught my eye. It was small but they were sailing with a reef in the main. I'm no boat pro but little boats that reef aren't an everyday thing for me to see. Even from a distance it seemed to have a little something extra going on...
They also finally called it a day and headed into the marina. I went and said Hi to the young couple sailing it.
It turns out it was a Nordica 16. It was even prettier up close in person, with a cockpit combing wrapping ovally and entirely around the seating area.
I called them the "French couple," because they were petite and dark tan. They said they'd only had the boat a short while, so they didn't want to push it in such a strong breeze. After searching a long time for a nice little boat they'd seen it for sale and had to have it.
I finally googled it and it sure is a cute boat. Full keel. Maybe too much for my beach-cruiser mission, but great for bay-sailors, I bet...
Out of the water.