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Re: Near disasterous first sail
All of the advise above is sound and good. But two lines from paul323 ring very true and we don't see them written enough.
Personally I don't turn the engine off until the sails are raised and the sails are full.
The same holds true for when you're done with your sail - get the motor started before lowering your sails. Never leave the boat powerless, bad things can happen fast.
After every sail I do, I tend to reflect on what I did, and what could have done better...
I think that this is one of the most powerful statements that can be made (not just with sailing, BTW). It's ok to mess up, but it's not ok to mess up the same way twice. Look for new ways to mess up.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"