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post #2 of Old 10-25-2008
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First, you need to maintain your furling drum.

Second, you need good sailing gloves—they'd have saved you a lot of blisters and pain.

Third, I was going to point you to Gui's Genoa wrapping trick, but I am guessing you've already found it.

What you probably should have done is reef the genny before dropping the mainsail. By keeping the full genny up, you were asking for trouble. If it had been reefed say 40%, and with winds of 30-35 knots...that is plenty of sail still—dealing with it would have been much easier.

In general, you should drop the sails from bow to stern...and raise them stern to bow... If you had had some mainsail up...it might have allowed you to point head to wind, and made dealing with the flogging, stuck genny a lot easier.

When sailing singlehanded...which it sounds you were... always sail with less sail than you would if you had crew... sail a bit more conservatively when out alone... Think about what would have happened if the genny had knocked you overboard... I don't think we'd be reading this story ATM.




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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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