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i sail my 40-footer a lot just to test myself. It's not the easiest. I agree with the previous posts about thinking ahead and preparing your boat for the next move.
Also, try doing everything yourself with the autopilot off. You need to learn how to adapt. THIS will be an experience! You will need to know when the autopilot craps out; which it will at the worst time! High winds and large seas; trust me, been there done that all by my lonesome. Took me a second to figure out how to furl my sails.
Having everything at hand definitely helps; my boat is not a single-handers paradise. (i'm working on it, more winches) Big boat, big sails, more work.