So I took advantage of the light winds today and played a little hooky from work this afternoon to try my 1st ever solo sail on my 'new' boat which I have had for just a year now. It was short, only 2.5 hours in the afternoon, but it was almost perfect.
It seemed like it would be great weather for it and it was. The winds were out of the SW at 5-8 kts (nice and light) and that gave me the opportunity to tack out from home base and run home.
I was a little nervous I must say but the sound you hear from the wind and the waves when you shut the diesel down is really what it is all about.
I had planned a lot in advance, thinking about it in my mind all last night and today....
which lines to cast off 1st and last, boathook at the ready, getting out of the slip, preparing the main sail and rollup dodger window before i left the dock, etc.
Backing into the slip at the end of the sail went better than I hoped. I had left a long line on the pilings on the open side (where there is no finger pier). My only real issue was on one tack the old autohelm4000 decided to pick its own course and my jib started to get tangled. I had to grab the wheel and the mechanism didn't like that without being disengaged first. So now the autohelm wheel drive unit and the cluch lever are quite loose. I brought it home to see if I can fix it.
I love the bay on a weekday. I basically had the place to myself!
So excuse this post if it is too self-involved but I thought I'd see if others felt so pumped up after their first time.
Any good stories about your first solo?