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After twenty years of reading and dreaming about it and two years learning to sail my boat. I took to the wind by myself yesterday. Beautiful sunny day up in Howe Sound B.C. Winds were light but a few gusts got me up to 5.5 knots and there was a few calms as well where I could make some adjustments to the rig.
Had a moment while tacking where a jib sheet came undone which really surprised me. I have never ( until now I guess) had a problem with bowlines. but I just hove to and fixed it up and retied the other one just to be sure.

What I found really nice about yesterday was I wasn't trying to explain anything to anyone or look after anybody else. It was just me and the boat and doing everything myself I seems to get a better feel about what was happening. I think I even got the sails balanced for the first time.

To sum it up the day was nothing like I thought it would be.
It was a thousand times better!

Can't wait to go again
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Congrads! I used to sail alone in my 16 daysailor all the time(on a small lake). I am currently working on setting up my Alberg 30 to single hand. I'm almost there. Working on Safety now. I am working on putting the jacklines on. I hope to be single handing her by the fall.

Congrads again! Nothing like a nice peaceful sail!
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Congrats! That's a big accomplishment!

I enjoy taking other people out, but none of my friends/family know how to sail. They like to do more leisure flat sailing. I like to test things. I also enjoy my quiet time. Solo sailing is when I decompress.

An impromptu sail is the best. Just freaking go rather than try to work around schedules.
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Hopefully, that will be me by the end of August.....

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After twenty years of reading and dreaming about it and two years learning to sail my boat. I took to the wind by myself yesterday. Beautiful sunny day up in Howe Sound B.C. Winds were light but a few gusts got me up to 5.5 knots and there was a few calms as well where I could make some adjustments to the rig.
Had a moment while tacking where a jib sheet came undone which really surprised me. I have never ( until now I guess) had a problem with bowlines. but I just hove to and fixed it up and retied the other one just to be sure.

What I found really nice about yesterday was I wasn't trying to explain anything to anyone or look after anybody else. It was just me and the boat and doing everything myself I seems to get a better feel about what was happening. I think I even got the sails balanced for the first time.

To sum it up the day was nothing like I thought it would be.
It was a thousand times better!

Can't wait to go again
Congrats, single handed is challenging, fun and rewarding. I have prepared myself for solo voyage for a few years now. It is much more preparation both mentally and physically.

Sailing solo is not an option for me, but a necessity. Fortunately, I find comfort when sailing alone, but yet I don't feel alone. With today's electronics, we are not really sailing into the unknown


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Snowdawg,
Now you are ruined. You are going to go sailing whenever you wish, rather than only when you are able to find crew members. Trust me, that is why I sail solo most of the time. You can try new things, rigging, manuevers, etc., without worrying what people will think.

Enjoy your new-found freedom.

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Congrats! I've only gone single handed a few times and I can understand your excitement . On some boats when you balance the sails perfectly you can leave the tiller and go sit on the rail for a while or stand at the bow and just let her sail. If you have a tiller pilot then it's even easier. the feeling of freedom is incredible.
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Thanks guys.
Solo sailing is an option for me at the moment as I don’t have any problem finding crew. However it was really nice to have the boat to myself for a change. I really do like the peace and quiet and I am planning some long solo trips for the future.
I do have an auto tiller and although I had to wrestle for control once or twice
(User error) it worked really well.
I also had a few problems to work out as well so this was a good learning experience.

Montenido I was ruined when I bought the boat. Now I have just made it worse
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Must be great ! congrats ...........

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I can remember the first solo sail, it was a Laser but it was the hook I'd been gearing up for. Did that for a while, moved up to a Maricat for the experience in a larger boat (and to ensure it was good for my eldest son) and am now working on my skills to take the Corsair out solo (winter being a minor, but not total, damper on those plans).

Grats on getting the time and the courage to do it on your boat mate!
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