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  1. Foolish

    Dipping our toes into short-handed racing

    What ctutmark said above is correct. Now simply increase that to include as many other boat maneuvers as you can think of, and then expand that to include high wind situations. When things go really bad is NOT the time that you want to be discussing what is necessary to get back on your feet, and who will do what is required. You should have all of this pre-planned so that you can remain calm. Even to discussing who is the skipper and has command that the other must follow. changing the jib, including changing it right down to a storm jib or no sail at all in extreme situations. reefing the mainsail, right down to the third reef or changing down to a staysail if you've got one. tacking gybing, with a spinnaker or without. retrieving the spinnaker in good or bad conditions, even if you've had a broach or a chinese gybe or it's ripped to shreds in the water behind your boat. (You can read an extensive paper on singlehanded broaching here: cooking dinner in rough weather. Even just making coffee can be hard. Anything else that you can think of. Shorthanded sailing is not technically difficult at all. It just takes you to understand that many things will be done completely differently than if you have a crew who can muscle things into place. With a short crew, you have to finesse everything that you want done. Also, you must be aware of how the other person manages the boat when he's on the tiller. You don't want to be 20 miles into the race and discover that he does things differently than you. It's a bad time to get into an argument over steering style (I know this from experience). It is the mental and interpersonal interactions that will be much more difficult to handle than the sailing itself. When you have a full crew, people naturally know who is the skipper. But with just one other person, conflict can arise unless it is handled before the race. So do a few runs before hand and get used to each other. Have fun!
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    Greta Rides Again?

    Not many famous people in the world worked alone, from scientists who have developed the worlds great inventions, to singlehanded sailors who have a long list of people in the background to thank for their achievements. Edison had a huge team to create the first light bulb, but he alone is given credit. Is there something wrong with that? So rather than deride this girl, we should be thankful that she is helping to very effectively get across a very important message.
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    Greta Rides Again?

    Just saw this yesterday. Good on her for getting the message out so well.
  4. Foolish

    Single Handed roll call?

    I've been known to dabble.
  5. After singlehanded broaching lots and lots and lots of times, I’ve learned a few lessons that I thought I’d pass along. You can download my paper here: And don’t forget the paper I wrote on the invaluable gybing without shifting the pole here: And my older paper on meal planning for improved performance in long distance singlehanded voyages here: Have fun!
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    New sails

    Reefable 100% jib - I was using mine in 30 knots yesterday. And a Code 0 for reaching. Lots of fun.
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    ShortHanded Sub 40 foot

    The only boat for you is the Beneteau Figaro 2. Practically the best singlehanded boat ever built in that size range and very well known in Europe. And buy the book Singlehanded Sailing, Thoughts, Tips, Techniqes & Tactics for a complete description including an interview with the boat designer. If your budget is a little lower, go for the Figaro 1.
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    I wondered who would fall for this. Joke's on you.
  9. Foolish


    Greta is visiting Alberta, the oil capital of Canada, with her message. The government of Alberta has taken preemptive action. See the link below:
  10. Foolish

    Non-furler headsail handling options

    I put in three complete rolls. I don't unclip the lowest hanks on the luff. And then I make sure the lower clew is well tied to the upper clew with a short line. Any less and it does fall apart.
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    Non-furler headsail handling options

    I roll the bottom of the sail up. Then I use a short line to tie the lower clew to the upper (reefed) clew. A few reef lines in the middle. This keeps it all neat and tidy.
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    Gorilla Tape great for temp fix

    Has anyone ever tried Flex Tape Waterproof Tape on an actual underwater puncture on a boat. My local store has it on a bucket, but I'd love to know if it can be stuck on underwater, and hold. It now comes in a 12" x 10' roll.
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    Non-furler headsail handling options

    Wichard Hanks: The only way to go for one-handed operation when you are on the bow of a bouncy boat. I've used them for years and not once had a problem. Make sure to get the brass ones. The others are not as good.
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    You are in Seattle. You could get your boat shipped directly back from Hawaii by barge by Alaska Lines Give them a call for a quote. They can take either a trailer or a cradle and they can lift your boat (although it is expensive in Hawaii - not so expensive in Seattle)