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07-09-2013 05:21 PM
mark2gmtrans
Re: First True Single-hand

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Originally Posted by jsaronson View Post
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.
07-09-2013 05:05 PM
chef2sail
Re: First True Single-hand

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.
07-09-2013 04:18 PM
jsaronson
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!
07-09-2013 03:30 PM
deniseO30
Re: First True Single-hand

You're welcome I like to practice rounding a buoy when single hand. it can be a quick study on how to (or not) use current and wind The main and jib can "take you right around" if you get it right LOL or you can wind up "kissing" the buoy. If I want to get some sailing in, I often motor sail down river or depending on wind coming down or up and at least wing and wing it coming back. This time of the year is light air just like on the Chesapeake so it's not much fun.
07-09-2013 03:09 PM
FirstCandC
Re: First True Single-hand

Thanks. I had the main in a bit tight, just over the companionway. This was probably due to experiencing my first big accidental gybe on the delivery trip. That was scary!
07-09-2013 03:02 PM
deniseO30
Re: First True Single-hand

Looks like you have a masthead rig. So I'm guessing the main only would make for a sluggish time. If you set the main to just self tend, it's pretty easy to concentrate on tacking with the jib when single handed. River sailing makes single hand tacking pretty routine! Depending on flow, it's very easy to sail standing still in light air too! Up here, we actually have to tack back up river sometimes just so the next tack will take us down! LOL it's strange but fun, if you don't plane to use sails to get somewhere on a river.
Congrats on your first time out there A L O N E...
07-09-2013 02:49 PM
FirstCandC
Re: First True Single-hand

Thanks! Is it just me, or did you always seem to end up at about the same spot when close-reaching? I wanted to follow the motoring boats out into the wider stretch of the river, but I COULD NOT point any higher than about 20 degrees off the wind. And when it fell off, it really fell off. A couple of times, the boat and I just spun around. I am sure that provided a few laughs, but I don't care. And tacking back across through boat traffic wasn't very fun at all.

Also, after a few times back and forth across the river, I got a little greedy. I rolled out the working jib a little. I SWEAR the sail started to shimmy and shake, telling me to roll out more! When I did I ran into a bit of trouble, because I was drifting off course a bit with all of that sail. Also, it is easy to over-correct with the rudder. Need to learn how to use the sails more and the wheel less.

Can't wait to go back.
07-09-2013 02:22 PM
jimgo
Re: First True Single-hand

Congratulations! I remember that feeling very well. I did my first single-hand about 3 weeks after we bought our first boat. I couldn't stay out long, but like you I realized that I had a beautiful day and I wasn't going to miss such a great day just because I was alone. So I cast off and headed out to Barnegat Bay in about 8-10 knots. The jib and main were both full, pulling me along at a fair clip, and it was the most amazing feeling. Here I was, handling a 25' sailboat all by myself, after having been sailing only about a dozen times. What at first seemed somewhat intimidating was now something I had tamed (I wouldn't go so far as to say "mastered!") and could handle, and I was doing it all on a boat that I had earned. That was a good day indeed. Thanks for the reminder; I hope this is only one of many, many fun days for you aboard your C&C!
07-09-2013 02:07 PM
Sabreman
First True Single-hand

These are the stories that make all the "What boat should I buy" queries worth it.

Great job! I still remember my first solo with great fondness.
07-09-2013 01:55 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: First True Single-hand

Hey Congrats..


I also did my first single handed sail on Sunday, on my Catalina 22 which was very easy but still a memorable moment for me. Felt truly liberating. Who new it was so great to stand on the forward deck of a pilotless boat as it moved on its own .......and untangle lines,...


Seriously I was only worried about docking but it proved to be a non event. My crew is usually a rabble from the bar who know nothing about sailing anyway so it was no great difference. I notced I paid attention and planned everything a little more.
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