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Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

I'm 26 and inherited my boat from my dad when he passed this spring. It's a 29' Bayfield. Been learning to sail this whole summer on Lake Ontario. Took a basic crusing course. I was going to go out with a buddy yesterday when he bailed last minute. Winds were light so I decided that it was a good a day as any to try singlehanding. I'd practiced a few times by having passengers on board but not really doing anything, and I'd docked once without any assistance, but man, it is different when you're out there alone! Sailed with just the headsail, a nice big genoa, no main, winds were pretty light but I was cruising around 3.5knts. Overall, what an experience. Next time, I'll haul the main up too.
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Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

Remember the most important thing when single handing is make sure you stay ON the boat!!!

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Re: Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

Hey,

Congratulations! It can be a lot of fun to sail by yourself. Practice practice practice. Think each step through before you need to do it.

And have fun.

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Re: Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

Mmmmm...singlehanding. I love it.

Nothing but you, your vessel and the elements. Just the wind in the rigging, and the water against the hull.

I looked up your boat. Wow, a cutter? Looks like fun. Enjoy yourself, and raise a glass to your old man while you're out there.

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Re: Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

Ya, it is a cutter. I have only sailed it in sloop config so far though. My dad had just rigged up a 130% genny on a furler, and it wouldn't slip through the gap of the inner forestay when tacking, so I had to get rid of that stay. Eventually though I am going to get it back to cutter configuration. The sloop has been much easier to learn on, and I definitely toast to him every time!
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Thumbs up! Be careful though. Once you get used to singlehanding it may become difficult to tolerate passengers.

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Re: Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

The majority of my sailing is singlehanded. When I'm alone on my boat nothing else in the world matters. You'll get good at handling any situation on your own.

As Gary Lucas said in his post above "Stay on the boat".
I don't routinely wear a life preserver when I'm sailing with others in good weather, but I ALWAYS wear one when I'm alone, usually a belt-style inflatable in good weather and an inflatable vest with harness and jacklines in bad weather. I'm looking over personal locator beacons now since that seems to be a logical addition for a singlehander.
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Re: Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

Any tips for docking singlehanded?
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Re: Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

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Any tips for docking singlehanded?
Yeah. Go slow. With that keel and rudder configuration, she won't turn on a time. Make sure you get lined up well in advance, if possible.

You prefer stern in, or bow in?

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