hey all, newbie sailor here (I've been sailing monohulls regularly since June). Today was my first attempt at sailing a catamaran -- I went down to a local rental place and took out a 16" Hobie Cat Getaway, but ended up having some trouble with it.
To setup the situation: the rental place is on the east shore of a narrow channel. I'm docked on the west side of their dock, pointed north toward the lake. A light breeze is coming straight down the channel from the north. My plan to leave the dock is to go directly west on a beam reach to pick up some speed, and then head up and tack to exit the channel.
Obviously this didnt work out, or I wouldnt be posting this.
We ended up pointing west with wind coming across the beam but we're not moving forward-- instead we were drifting south away from the wind (perpendicular to the two hulls), right at some expensive looking yachts. This being my first time on a multihull, I didnt know exactly how to react to this. We ended up having to be pulled out from between a few yachts by one of the guys from the rental shop!
Unfortunately, the rental folks weren't super friendly, and didn't really want to answer my questions about what happened (apparently this was the 3rd time today they had to rescue a hobie after it got stuck). Thinking about the physics of it now, it seems like it would have helped to shift our weight towards the lee side of the boat to help that hull dig into the water and hopefully stop our drift and make some headway. What would've been the right way out of this situation?