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post #21 of Old 10-20-2006
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Single handed sailing...

I am a 56 yr old woman ( 5'0"), who "solos" my Bristol 30 footer.

I can not do it without my autopilot . I set my auto pilot into the wind
to hoist and bring down sails.

Second, for practice when I was just learning how to handle my boat solo,
I worked my way up to gale force winds. Every time there was a good wind I jumped on board to get the experience. I would accept help to come with me, at first, but found I always leaned on someone when they were there. Therefore, not to lean on crutches, I would go out, knowing they were on shore (ALWAYS have a handheld radio for safety), and made myself better by doing. I always encouraged myself to just do it.

I also used the wheel brake to hold my position, if you don't have a wheel, then may I suggest getting an autopilot for a tiller.

I have been solo sailing for 3 years.

Hope that helps,
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