Re: Near disasterous first sail
Congratulations on a great sail. Have you run aground yet? I personally don't fully trust someone at the helm if they've never run aground. But then, where we sail there are places where you can run aground, right out in the open.
If you are anchored, raising the main is easy. You could go out a ways, anchor and get the main up. Or grab a mooring for 10 mimutes.
For holding the sail slugs up, wrap a line around the mast 4 times, as high as you can reach. Then take the 5th wrap and tie it under the sail slugs. This can hod the slugs in place while you rest to get the rest of the slugs in.
This works great when solo, since you can rest and even keep it in place while you get the rest of the slugs in. Then put the screw-thingy in place that hold the slugs from dropping down, and remove the line from the slugs and mast.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
The best minds discuss sailing. I don't know why. It's a mystery!