Re: Near disasterous first sail
Finally made it out for my second sail today solo. Winds were much lighter @ 5 MPH. Took me about 1/2 as much time to raise the mast and get her in the water. I motored to a dock, then hung the mainsail while docked. Much easier than trying to coordinate pointing into the wind and raising the sail at the same time. I didnt run aground, but I did feel my keep scrape the bottom a couple of times as I practiced returning to the dock under sail.
I still havent sailed using the jib. I wasnt comfortable with my skills sailing solo. And I cant figure a way to run the lines aft as I see mentioned about many vessels.
The wind totally died after a couple of hours and I had to motor back in. Too much wind. Then not enough wind. Seems like picking the right day is almost as important as knowing how to rig the vessel.
Cant wait to go again. Thanks to everyone for all the great tips.