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If you're really nervous, take someone with you who is to stand by unless you need help.
Or, just cast off. It can be a confidence booster.
Do tell someone on shore your plans though and be sure to have a phone and/or radio with you, just in case. Be very careful when you exit the cockpit to mess with the sail(s). And don't forget the fenders.
The more lines you lead aft, the safer it'll be for you.
The first time I take a boat out solo, I reduce sail unless it's very light winds. You're by yourself, not really comfortable, so it's not the time to overwhelm yourself.
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