... Sometimes you won't have stinkpotters to help... if you get turtled (boat totally upside down) like it sounds you were...
Thanks, SHNOOL, and the rest for that matter... All good info
... I wasn't turtled
... once I knew I was taking a dunk, i released the sheet totally and got around to the center board as quick as i could.. then hung on 'til I got some help.. I forgot about the life vest under the boom
... i'll try that next time (as I am sure there will be
). and, yes, I did my homework so I had on my vest...
The other thing I omitted was that once on the water, the winds kicked up to 12+ knots so I was definatly sailing beyound my experience... oh, yeah, this was the first time I ever sailed
on my own... but now I am a vet! or at least no longer a virgin!