I feel I have really got the hang of sailing my boat well single handed. So far since I have been sailing for the last few months, the hardest thing I have encountered with sailing is just lowering the darn sails. Especially single handed and it was getting on my nerves today. My tiller is swinging all over the place and as a result, the boat is turning and not holding into the wind. Now I realized a tiller tamer is an absolute MUST for single handing, absolute MUST. So needless to say I am getting one of those asap.
So no matter how much I losen my halyards those darn sails will not drop down, I end up just pointing directly in the wind and trying to wait until it inches its way down. The thing is, that waiting game simply don't work. I always have to get up there and manually pull the sails down. This is not a problem if I have another person with me to keep the boat into the wind, but as I mentioned above, single handed it seems tough at times. It depends a lot on the conditions. Today was a struggle! The darn jenny is really a pain in the neck, that sucker must love the wind because it sure hates to drop down
So can anyone give me any pointers or tips for lowering sails? I am beginning to think there has to be an easier more practical way, a tiller tamer would make a huge difference but anything else? Would attaching an additional line to the sails be a good idea? If conditions are calm and not challenging, its not much of a problem to lower sails but I still have to step up and manually bring them down. Oh and my headsail is not a roller furler, it attaches to the forestay with clips. Any help really appreciated!
Other then this, I am having a blast and have been getting some nice video. I know I been sailing too much when I am home here in my chair and I still feel like I am rolling with the waves. So if the room is not rocking in your house, your not a sailor right?
Reminds me of when I used to lift weights, the old saying... no pain, no gain. Well I am going to change that to no sailing, no rocking