I have been sailing for 35 years as a single hander. I stopped two years ago because of a bad back, from raising the heavy mast of a 22 ft trailer yacht.
I started sailing at the age of 17 and continued for the next 30 years. But when I suffered a rotator cuff tear and faced a year of rehab, I sold my 30' C&C that I had single handed for years.I have been sailing for 35 years as a single hander. I stopped two years ago because of a bad back, from raising the heavy mast of a 22 ft trailer yacht.
That is an impressive feat for a boat with a crew; as single-handed, amazing!I am still able to single-hand my 38 footer without power winches under spinnaker on day with winds gusting to near 20 knots. and sail on and off the anchor without a windlass
The answer to your question depends on whether I am racing single-hand (and expect to need the chute again) or cruising. When racing, I make sure that the guys is carefully coiled (figure 8 style) so it is free to run. I do the same with the halyard. Then I pull the guy off the winch and manually feed it out until I am sure that the chute is flagging and there is plenty of slack in the guy. Then I do the drop. That allows me to attach the halyard, and sheets and set up for the next hoist, or run the luff and raise out of the companionway.That is an impressive feat for a boat with a crew; as single-handed, amazing!
How do you douse the kite? The old fashioned way by releasing the shackle on the guy?
I am a big fan of yoga. I used to go every Wednesday night, but I fell out of the habit. I need to get back in.Then I began to do yoga, which went a long way towards improving my back pain, muscle tone, and balance.