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post #5 of Old 06-11-2002
maxcontax
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Sailing a C-15 Singlehanded

Dumping a dinghy is all part of sailing lessons: How to right it:
1. Release the mainsheet and jib cleats or the water in the sails will never allow it to be righted.
2. so the boat does not turtle, tie a cheap basketball in a little net to the main halyard for floatation at the masthead.
3. grab the bowline (painter) and point the boat head to wind
4. NOW, when you lever on the centerboard, and the boat pops up--and it will, it won''t take off on you, or roll over on top of you.
5. hook a leg over and barrel-roll into the cockpit.
6. leave the boat in irons until you sort out the sheets, tiller, and yourself. take a break.
7. open the scuppers and sail off on a broad reach under jib only until you lose some water, or else it will wallow, deathroll, drag the end of the boom--and you get to do it all over again.

Main cause of dumping a dinghy is cleating in the mainsheet. if you have to, keep your hand on it at all times, and when you feel it going over, just release the main, and save the day (usually).

play hard, play safe
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