First Singlehanded Sail!
Got off work at 5 and the wind seemed like it was pretty good so I shot down to the harbor and started getting the boat ready. Previous owner was down there working on his new boat and said go for it! So I motored to the turnaround, pointed it into the wind and raised the main then unfurled the jib...BAM I'm sailing! It was a pretty uneventful sail at about 6 knots, which at times seemed like 30...lol. Its the heaviest wind I've been out in on my boat. I had a sailing lesson in a tad bit higher winds, but that was in a harbor 20. I was (and still am) concerned with a sudden gust pushing me into things and or over...I know I kept telling myself that this wind is nothing, probably 11-15 knot winds. I just kept the jib sheet handy and when the heel angle got uncomfortable, I eased it and it righted itself, or I steered into the wind and that took care of it as well. I was out about 90 minutes then I came back as it was getting dark. I pulled into the turnaround area under motor with the jib furled and the main still up, and lowered the main....then moored. I feel pretty proud of myself. A month ago I had never sailed in my life. Now I am able to single hand a 30 foot yacht!!! Sure it wasn't an ocean voyage and was just in the harbor, but its a pretty good feeling. I have some time off this week so I'll be out ALOT over the next 10 days.....In fact, I'll be out most of the day tomorrow!
S/V Cuajota - 1975 WD Schock Santana 30
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Last edited by NewportNewbie; 09-11-2011 at 01:19 AM.