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Old 04-07-2013
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Re: First time out today.

Congrats on getting out there and learning how to sail! The first sail is one of the best.

Please be careful when sailing under main only. The jib provides the best indication of when the main might start to backwind. If you are sailing under main only you have to be careful to avoid accidental jibes (when the boom sweeps across the cockpit) by not sailing farther down then a running reach. Accidental jibes are dangerous for you and the boat.

A better way to reduce sail area is to sail with a reefed main and small jib. That keeps the boat properly balanced and even a tiny jib will backwind before the main, giving you a lot of accidental jibe warning.
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No doubt the first of many successful trips! Well done..
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Re: First time out today.

Don't forget to drop the fender before you dock. And raise them when you sail. You'll get a routine going.
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