Nervous newbie - Page 3 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #21  
Old 07-18-2011
DRFerron's Avatar
A mod and her dragon
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: SE Pennsylvania
Posts: 4,033
Thanks: 62
Thanked 148 Times in 133 Posts
Rep Power: 10
DRFerron is on a distinguished road
Thanks, JoeDiver.

Latitudes and Attitudes also has a bunch of instructional videos listed. Click the L&A Free TV/Video menu.
__________________
Donna


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Catalina 30 TRFK

Contributing Editor
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
magazine

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Rock Hall Cruising Station

All things that are, are equally removed from being nothing. John Donne
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #22  
Old 07-18-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 21
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
TSchwarck is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by purplesunshine View Post
I have recently taken up sailing at a community boating project. It's on a large river. I passed the sunfish class with relative ease, learned the terms and could sucessfully tack and jibe as well as go on a run. I was absolutely thrilled and having tons of fun. I more or less mastered the sunfish in 3 weeks. (winds 5-10mph, w/gusts of more) I took 6 classes, 2hrs each plus going out on my own for 2 hrs a couple times.

The upcoming class is on the 16 foot boats...an older Mercury...the fiberglass version. (seats 4-5 comfortably)

I was told to practice with just the main sail and I had a few close calls with the shore while tacking.

I went out with one of the staff and the jib sheet and well...I feel like I just about died. I controled the jib and he controled the main sail and the tiller. I took the tiller and we nearly keeled over. We even took on a bit of water!!!! The wind was 15-20mph so I know that had something to do with it. I pretty much got scared to death.

I'm really disheartened. I don't think I can sail the bigger boats at ALL. I can't tack to save my life (if I hadn't been with a staff that may be true) and I really struggle with keeping my head on straight when the boat leans. In my class with two teens (17 and 15) and an older woman 60+ I am the one who keeps my head on straight but I really don't think I can do this. It's just so much more boat....but besides racing tricks there's nothing much to learn on the sunfish...I've even taken out the daggerboard.

Anyone know anything about sailing they can pass along?
You are being too hard on yourself. I started sailing with no experience, help or advice(I did have the owners manual) in an O-Day 22. The first time out was easy but the second time scared me so much I nearly gave up sailing.
The weight in the keel was the only thing that saved me from a capsize.
Now I've got a 15 and a 19 foot boat as well. I would say that the 15' boat with no ballast is harder to keep upright than any 22' boat with a keel.
I think you will find it is easier to sail a medium size(22'-25') boat than a small one. As you gain more experience you will get comfortable with heeling.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #23  
Old 07-18-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
purplesunshine is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeDiver View Post
That's really good advice....plus, if you have Netflix, there's a bunch of good sailing/learn to sail videos.
its not so much the idea of it...i can read alot and easily tack with the sunfish...i get so spinny when I try to tack in the merc's
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #24  
Old 07-18-2011
Sublime's Avatar
Quirky
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: North Texas
Posts: 546
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Sublime is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by purplesunshine View Post
I have recently taken up sailing at a community boating project. It's on a large river. I passed the sunfish class with relative ease, learned the terms and could sucessfully tack and jibe as well as go on a run. I was absolutely thrilled and having tons of fun. I more or less mastered the sunfish in 3 weeks. (winds 5-10mph, w/gusts of more) I took 6 classes, 2hrs each plus going out on my own for 2 hrs a couple times.

The upcoming class is on the 16 foot boats...an older Mercury...the fiberglass version. (seats 4-5 comfortably)

I was told to practice with just the main sail and I had a few close calls with the shore while tacking.

I went out with one of the staff and the jib sheet and well...I feel like I just about died. I controled the jib and he controled the main sail and the tiller. I took the tiller and we nearly keeled over. We even took on a bit of water!!!! The wind was 15-20mph so I know that had something to do with it. I pretty much got scared to death.

I'm really disheartened. I don't think I can sail the bigger boats at ALL. I can't tack to save my life (if I hadn't been with a staff that may be true) and I really struggle with keeping my head on straight when the boat leans. In my class with two teens (17 and 15) and an older woman 60+ I am the one who keeps my head on straight but I really don't think I can do this. It's just so much more boat....but besides racing tricks there's nothing much to learn on the sunfish...I've even taken out the daggerboard.

Anyone know anything about sailing they can pass along?
Mastered the sunfish in 3 weeks?
No you didn't.
That's long enough to get comfortable with it. You have much to learn yet. Get out on your sunfish in some higher wind conditions. You're comfortable in that boat so use it to push your skills a bit. A sunfish will quickly tell you when you f' up.

But like someone else said, you're being too hard on yourself. You just started sailing. YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES. You will constantly be learning, even after 20 years of sailing. Even the professionals still broach. One thing sailing will do is beat the arrogance out of you. Just when you think you've got it, you get your butt handed to you.

I started on my little minifish...basically a smaller sunfish. I started on it as a child and she's still a good teacher. It's still fun to get her up on a plane.

My next boat was a 19' yawl rig (three sails). I have never NOT single handed her. Talk about intimidating for me!
My first outing ended in grounding the boat and an hour long struggle of trying to get the boat off the shore and to the trailer because I broke the shear pin on the prop for the outboard. Plenty of lookie loos witnessed.
Second time, the jib unraveled off the furler, got hung up and nearly dumped my boat over off the trailer. I finally got her out and a shroud broke. It has nice wooden masts and you bet I swore like a sailor.
Third time out (and remember, I hadn't had much experience single handing anything with more than a main), I had to land her under sail because the motor crapped out.
I kept at it, ate quite a few servings of humble pie and now I'm fairly comfortable with her.
I've got a few things to set up on my hunter before I start single handing her. Even with what experienced I've gained just in the process of learning a new boat, I know something will come up and make me nearly crap my pants. I spent half my childhood at the helm of a hunter 33, but you should have seen the first time I docked my 26' hunter.

Give up because you don't like it, not because it wasn't a flawless sail.
It's a new day. Start a little slower in more calm conditions. You'll be alright. With experience, you'll get better at reading conditions and be better able to stay out of trouble.

Talk to your instructor who took you out. They'll probably know what went wrong. Use the experience to learn. Have them teach you what you should have done.

When you need a bailout, head into the wind or let the sail out. Put in more hours on the sunfish in all sorts of conditions (not a gale though).

And you know, sometimes you get a freak gust out of no where that can take you by surprise if you haven't learned how to see it before it hits your boat.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
Thanks, JoeDiver.

Latitudes and Attitudes also has a bunch of instructional videos listed. Click the L&A Free TV/Video menu.
^ good advice
__________________
This post is made from recycled electrons

A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why ships are built.

My girls:
1974 Alcort Minifish-Minifish
2001 Drascombe Lugger-Penelope
2004 Hunter 260-Miss Muffet
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #25  
Old 07-18-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
FantomFingers is on a distinguished road
I have one word for you

Practice.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
And mast climbing makes you nervous? deniseO30 Gear & Maintenance 8 04-15-2011 10:01 AM
Official Nervous Charterer Thread snmhanson Chartering 12 01-20-2011 06:35 PM
Nervous to single hand sailing marinesniper General Discussion (sailing related) 22 01-18-2009 03:37 PM
Nervous in New Bedford Sixbrothers General Discussion (sailing related) 6 09-05-2008 02:30 PM
Any one else nervous waltward General Discussion (sailing related) 21 07-21-2005 08:50 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:18 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.