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Solo sailing techniques
Originally Posted by robelz
I found videos of how to handle a boat singlehanded: Manoeuvres du J111 Le Jouet
I also read some reviews of singlehanded use of a J111. They say the layout works well and it is fast, too but it will lose up to 5 degrees when pointing compared to crewed racing...
Very interesting, thanks for posting. These videos can be of help to any solo sailor, I mean at least for the not very good ones, like me
Besides that the biggest disadvantage will be the boat being less forgiven, less stable and sailing with more heeling than a boat designed for solo race.
Going ahead for changing sales will be more dificult and the boat will roll more downwind needing constant adjustments and because of that it will not be able to be sailed downwind at the same speed a solo boat can, specially on autopilot.
Regarding solo racing it is important to have a boat that is not too demanding and one that does not ask for constant trimming and makes live easy to the sailor. After all they need to sleep while the boat is on autopilot at speed.
With a crew:
Some bright ideas:
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Last edited by PCP; 12-05-2013 at 11:03 AM.