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post #7 of Old 07-09-2013 Thread Starter
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Re: First True Single-hand

Thanks! Is it just me, or did you always seem to end up at about the same spot when close-reaching? I wanted to follow the motoring boats out into the wider stretch of the river, but I COULD NOT point any higher than about 20 degrees off the wind. And when it fell off, it really fell off. A couple of times, the boat and I just spun around. I am sure that provided a few laughs, but I don't care. And tacking back across through boat traffic wasn't very fun at all.

Also, after a few times back and forth across the river, I got a little greedy. I rolled out the working jib a little. I SWEAR the sail started to shimmy and shake, telling me to roll out more! When I did I ran into a bit of trouble, because I was drifting off course a bit with all of that sail. Also, it is easy to over-correct with the rudder. Need to learn how to use the sails more and the wheel less.

Can't wait to go back.
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