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07-29-2013 01:47 PM
handsomebob
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

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Originally Posted by mike21070 View Post
Bob, I see you are in Nashville. I'll be there visiting some family in a couple of weeks. Who knows, I might end up there when I'm done over here. How's the sailing there?

Thanks for the advice about the jib. Ok, so I have to ask: do you mean put the jib up instead of the main or in addition to it? I ask because it seemed a little scary to put up one sail, and now I should have put up two? I really burned out my battery for the trolling motor just getting out of the marina.

Mike
I am in Birmingham now and sail at Birmingham Sailing Club. Lake sailing in Nashville is good. In Nashville there is dinghy racing at Percy Priest Yacht Club and Harbor Island Yacht club. You should go out and take a look and try to get on as crew if you have the time. You will learn a lot that way from experienced skippers.

sail with both up. Like the comment earlier said to sail up wind close hauled at first. I am still learning and single hand when my son does not want to sail. I try not to go out alone yet if it is blowing much more than 10 mph.

Bob
07-29-2013 11:55 AM
bobperry
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

Mike:
Time to bite the bullet and fly both main and jib AT THE SAME TIME.
You should be able to sail out of your marina, it's a dinghy.

When you tack, just throw off the jib and let it flap while you tack. Once the tack is completed and you are settled down on the new tack sheet the jib in.

You will find that having the jib up along with the main will give you a huge performance boost.

What kind of boat do you have? Pics?
07-29-2013 11:48 AM
mike21070
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

Bob, I see you are in Nashville. I'll be there visiting some family in a couple of weeks. Who knows, I might end up there when I'm done over here. How's the sailing there?

Thanks for the advice about the jib. Ok, so I have to ask: do you mean put the jib up instead of the main or in addition to it? I ask because it seemed a little scary to put up one sail, and now I should have put up two? I really burned out my battery for the trolling motor just getting out of the marina.

Mike
07-28-2013 08:03 PM
handsomebob
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

put the jib up next time. Keep the jibsheet over your knee. Your tack will be much faster. I have a Snipe 14.5". I was holding back on raising the jib too but on my boat it made things easier. Practice....glad you are enjoying
07-27-2013 06:11 AM
SHNOOL
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

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Originally Posted by bobperry View Post
It's easy. I know several idiots who a very good sailors.
I resemble that remark, as least the former. It's gotta be the quote of the week!
07-27-2013 05:14 AM
mike21070
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

So I just finished my 3rd solo sail...and it was beautiful! For the first time, I didn't use my trolling motor other than to get in and out of the marina. That, to me, was a big deal. I spent an hour and a half just tacking back and forth. Before I returned to the marina, I pulled my mainsail in and just floated out on the water for a spell and enjoyed the sunset. Little by little I'm feeling more and more confident. I should be out on the water on Sunday and Monday as well before I'm off on holiday for two weeks.

Thanks for all the words of encouragement; I'm so glad to be out on the water...
07-26-2013 02:08 PM
Griffinroydonald
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

You are never too old to enjoy sailing. All you need is the drive to learn. I learned the hard way at a Boy Scout camp in the early 70's and have not been able to get away from the sport. You need to look around on the lake and see if someone can use a crew member to gain some sail time. I never turn down an offer for crew as I can't launch, Sail and recover my boat without at least a little help just to be on the safe side.
07-26-2013 09:18 AM
avenger79
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

congratulations. I did my first solo at 45. I did take the ASA class beforehand though.
07-26-2013 08:06 AM
bobperry
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

Oh yeah, sorry, I forgot to mention that.
Put the rudder hard over to the side oppsite the side the boom is on. That will turn you around so you are no longer in irons.

But don't get in irons. DO NOT creep up on your tacks like a wimp. Be a man. Sail along at the best speed you can manage and then tack decisively in one bold movement. If you approach the tack in a tentative manner by slowly bringing the boat head to wnd you will go in irons. Do not intentionally slow the boat down prior to tacking.

It's easy. I know several idiots who a very good sailors.
07-26-2013 04:37 AM
mike21070
Re: First Solo Dinghy Sail!

Next time you get in irons grab the boom and shove it forward, hard and hold it. This will blow your bow down onto the opposite tack. Then let go the boom, sheet in and off you go sure as Bob's your uncle

Bob, what should I be doing with the rudder while I'm doing this?
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