Re: First time on the water today, I could use some advice!
You don't need a motor a paddle will do - its a lot cheaper, lighter and more reliable
Sounds to me like you probably had other things than the CE preventing you sailing upwind - likely not having the jib sailed correctly, and enough headway or enough daggerboard down. Just to nay say some earlier posts I've found most boats I've sailed will sail on head or main alone just not as well as when you have all designed for sails flying nicely.
Find someone to go sailing with - offer beer at your local marina in exchange for a lesson, it'll be more fun quickly than teaching yourself the first few steps.
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Last edited by theonecalledtom; 02-26-2013 at 01:39 AM.