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Re: Newbee Sailor
Get the boat out in light winds... 10 knots is ideal.... motor slowly into the wind...hoist the main... loosen the topping lift, grab the main sheet and fall off thew wind a bit and the boat should heel and off you go. Out the motor in neutral and watch your telltales on the main's leech... you want them streaming straight aft. Fall off and ease the main as you do keeping the tell tales streaming.
Next hoist or unfurl the head sail... trim it in again having the tell tales streaming aft. You're sailing! Keep both sails telltales streaming aft. Try different points of sail all the way to a beam reach... try both tacks.
When you feel comfortable sailing up wind to a beam reach... try the down wind points of sail where the wind is pushing the sails.
Next time consider sailing in a bit more wind.
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