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Old 12-18-2011
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Fly it and have fun!

I flew an asymmetrical solo without self-steering gear, a sock or stuffer on my P26, just a bungee cord wrapped on the tiller.

Haul it up while sailing dead down so it is blanketed by the main. You can always release both sheets (and the mainsheet) if you are overwhelmed on a reach, then drop the halyard, or steer dead down and blanket the asym. with the main. Make sure your sheets and halyard have enough length to depower and drop all the way into the water. Yes, the sail will make lots of noise flapping, and may drop into the soup while you drag it by the tack, but it is not anything you cannot cure, if you stay on your toes. The .75 oz nylon is surprisingly strong. If you find it fouled in the water, release the halyard and tack line while retaining the sheets and the sail will drag behind you to be hauled in by the sheets.

Have fun and hang on during the gusts - you do not want to join the sail in the soup yourself!

Last edited by jameswilson29; 12-18-2011 at 07:40 AM.
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