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Re: First True Single-hand

Your boat will point much better with both main and jib. Bring the traveler to windward so the boom is almost mid-ship. After you tack and trim the jib reset it.
River sailing against the current will try your patience! The deepest water has the fastest current. Congrats!
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Congrats,

JAaronsons advice is good. Our C&Cs are made to sail and maneuver better with both sails

You crossed a real threshold going solo. Its a different feeling, especially planning wise for all your movements as well as leaving and coming back to the dock.

Great job,,,keep it up with safety in mind.
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Re: First True Single-hand

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Your boat will point much better with both main and jib. Bring the traveler to windward so the boom is almost mid-ship. After you tack and trim the jib reset it.
River sailing against the current will try your patience! The deepest water has the fastest current. Congrats!
You and Chef both have it right, the jib and the main need to be up to balance out the way it handles, the jib provides the power to move and the main balances the power against the keel to keep it pointed up like it should be. It will get a lot easier with practice, and you will get the feel of it soon if you keep on going for it as often as you can, at least if there are people there to laugh at you then there are also people there to admire the sail when it at least looks like you know what you are doing.

I know the first time I single handed on the Gulf of Mexico it was an education in how much adrenalin a person can possibly have in their blood and still be able to think and move about. I know I was on the verge of losing any and all control most of the time, yet when I came back in to the pier at Kemah people from two other boats were complimenting me on how nice and tight my tacks were, and how I seemed to have it dancing on the waves, really that was what one lady said, dancing on the waves. All I could do was kind of now at her, because the part where she thought I was dancing my boat around was the part where I was about to pee on myself as it slid through several sets of wild maneuvers that I cannot even begin to explain. I guess it looked like dancing from a distance, but up close it looked more like tumbling arse over teakettle in a blender. People may have thought you were doing a great job, so be sure to smile and wave any time you see people, and they will think you are doing those things on purpose LOL.

Congratulations First on you first single handed sail, may you have as many more as your heart desires, and may you also often have the company of good companions as you sail.
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