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The fine art of dumping a sunfish!
So, I've sailed a sunfish the past couple of classes, and it's a lot of♦ fun! Nice to have the boat to myself, just wish the boom was a little higher!!
Problem is, every other time I go out, I dump the boat. 2x ago it was a bad tack, I got caught up in the rigging. Last time, a puff caught me just as I was switching sides in a jibe, and knocked me down. No biggie, except.....
1. The water is starting to get a little chilly!!!
2. When she went over, the daggerboard fell out! (Still attached by a line)
3. because of a lack of mast float and wave action, it turtled. Since we're sailing in a river, the mast got stuck in the muck, had to wait on top of the boat for about 15 min. for the instructor to come back in the safety boat to get it unstuck (now I know I can tie a bowline in stressful situations!)
When it dumped, my first reaction was to just get out of the way, to make sure I didn't get caught up in the lines. My question is, should I instead go over the top to get to the daggerboard before it falls through the slot?
Thanks in advance for any advice!!