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Topic Review (Newest First)
05-22-2008 07:59 AM
maggie2 Practice and study. Sail with some experienced crew and ask lots of questions.
05-15-2008 04:57 PM
cnc33voodoo
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Originally Posted by poltergeist View Post
You got a lot of good feedback, and here's one other thought.

I note that the C15 has a daysailing rig of 123 sq. ft. and a performance rig of 139. If you have the latter, sailing solo in 10 to 15, you probably had your hands full, and the additional challenge of tacking with a larger overlapping jib would have added to the complexity.

Try sailing in conditions under 10 with just the main and adjusting the centerboard to balance the helm. As you get comfortable, add the jib, or add a crew to manage the jib for you.

Have fun ... looks like a great boat to learn on.

Kurt
took the words out of my mouth.too many things going on at once can make it harder to get a feel for the boat.
p.s. dont sail further than you can swim when learning.
05-15-2008 12:32 AM
Leland A Local! congratulations on the boat! sounds like you are getting some good experience. I live in Atascadero and bought a oday 23 last summer. I am always looking for people to go out with. give me a call 8056740922. good luck.

Leland
05-13-2008 04:29 PM
eMKay
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Originally Posted by Buccaroo View Post
Sailing under the jib alone, as is sometimes done in keelboats, usually results in loss of helm control in a dinghy
Yeah, I found this out the hard way when I was learning last year. I was "motoring" (electric trolling motor) back to the dock, I got stuck in some weeds and decided I needed to unfurl the jib to get unstuck since the motor was useless, since it was easier than raising the main, which was already dropped, and the boom unhooked and in the cabin. All I did was spin around in circles, I had to furl the jib, get the boom out, unroll and raise the main, and then I could finally free myself. At that point I decided to try and sail to the dock, and almost made it It was into the wind and I missed by 3 feet or so, had to drop the motor, so as to not look like an idiot in front of all the PWC's. I was using their launch since it was just 2 docks and a wide open bay.
05-13-2008 04:03 PM
CharlieCobra Get some rail meat too.
05-13-2008 02:38 PM
Revbudd Hi Patrick:

Good advice from all above - sail in heavier winds with just the main; sail with a buddy; hook up with other sailors; learn to capsize and how to right her.

On a personal note - I too have experience with the Morro Bay Harbor Patrol. They pulled my sinking Flying Junior to safety more than once. I loved sailing in Morro Bay when I was a student at Cuesta (back in the 80's). The Rock is an inspiring back drop. I enjoyed sailing out to the dunes to hang out for the afternoon.

When I first started sailing in Morro Bay, I used to put in down in Baywood (I lived in Los Osos). I was taking by sailing buddy and a couple of girls from school out for a sail one day. An old-timer warned me about the tide ebbing soon. I "pshawed" him... after all my sailboat only needed 12" of water to draft. I didn't count the weight of 4 people and the fact that, when the tide when out in Baywood, it went "OUT"! Long story short - my buddy and I waded in the muck of the bay to pull the boat (and those girls) back to shore. I drove them home with humility. Lesson learned - listen to others; ask for help.

Best of luck with more sailing in Morro Bay.

Regards,
Rev Budd
"Inspire One"
05-13-2008 09:01 AM
poltergeist
Piling on ...

You got a lot of good feedback, and here's one other thought.

I note that the C15 has a daysailing rig of 123 sq. ft. and a performance rig of 139. If you have the latter, sailing solo in 10 to 15, you probably had your hands full, and the additional challenge of tacking with a larger overlapping jib would have added to the complexity.

Try sailing in conditions under 10 with just the main and adjusting the centerboard to balance the helm. As you get comfortable, add the jib, or add a crew to manage the jib for you.

Have fun ... looks like a great boat to learn on.

Kurt
05-13-2008 06:25 AM
teshannon Patrick,
Welcome to Sailnet. Hang in there, you'll catch on soon enough, it just takes practice.
05-13-2008 03:41 AM
Buccaroo Hi Patrick,
Sounds like you had some fun I had a similar experience when I got my first boat, although mine ended with the boat on top of a cement dock!

Your C15 should be a fine starter boat, but learning in 12-15 solo is not ideal, although you will learn fast!

First off, be safe, don't sail solo in those kind of winds until you have a little experience. Sailing under the main alone usually works good in a dinghy. Sailing under the jib alone, as is sometimes done in keelboats, usually results in loss of helm control in a dinghy (that's how I ended up on the dock).

Go out in nice calm winds, say 5kts or so. If the boat starts to heel too much, ease the main and/or bring the bow to windward. Once the boat flattens out, fall off a little to gain some speed and repeat. Resist the natural tendency to fall off (turning downwind) without easing the main, this will cause the boat to heel even more as the sail gets perpendicular to the wind.

If you want to hold a steady course in gusty winds, follow the pattern of "ease, hike, sheet". In gusts, you will probably not be able to hike fast enough to flatten the boat, as quickly as you can ease the main. Once the main is eased, the boat will flatten out, then hike out to windward. Now that you have more "ballast" to windward, you can start sheeting in the main to pick up speed.

Try to avoid sharp jibes (bringing the stern across the wind) that involve turning the boat close to 180 deg, from close hauled to a run. A small boat, sailing under the main alone, will want to round up...fast, and could send you for a swim (err...done that too). Instead do a "chicken jibe" to turn around, by tacking and then continuing to fall off the wind, keeping the boom on the same side as it was after the tack. This will prevent the boom from wildly swinging across the boat. No shame in the chicken jibe, I have done them many times, and still do, if I think the conditions are getting out of hand.

Capsize your boat. You need to learn how to right the boat, as you probably will capsize at some point anyway. Better to do this the first time in a controlled situation, than in a freak storm. Of course, only attempt this if help is close by or you are close to land.

Get some instruction if possible. Check your local yacht clubs, marinas, parks and rec departments, etc. Often they will have classes for a reasonable price. You will learn a lot and be able to sail with others, so if you need help, you won't have to get a tow from the harbor patrol.

Check out the C15 class website and the yahoo newgroups (there is probably one for your boat). This will put you in touch with other sailors of your boat and you can probably find someone in your area to go out and show you the ropes.

Have fun on your new boat,
Dan
05-13-2008 12:43 AM
djodenda Coronado 15 is a great boat, and a fine one to start with.

Don't let your uncomfortable experience stop you, just make some adjustments...

Take some lessons and/or find a more experienced sailor to go with you!

Also, save the heavy weather sailing for when you get more experience... Keep to the easier stuff for a while.

Good Luck, and Welcome!

David
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