been hanging around the forum for a few years... finally making a start on going sailing....
A little history
.... I'm an adventure sports enthusiast. Used to do a lot of whitewater kayaking and rock climbing... a little bit of an adrenaline junkie to be honest....
Anyways. After mucho reading I came to the conclusion that advice would point new adult sailors in the direction of dinghies first to learn how the basic controls work. As I desire to single
hand down the line I thought this would be a great place to start.
A local sailing school
has a great deal on lessons so I went out for a one on one lesson with an instructor last weekend (my first proper sailing experience) in a laser 16. Weather
was very typical for ireland
in march. plenty of wind
, squalls, very gusty, basically quite fun for an adrenaline junkie. right from the off the instructor threw me in the thick of it to see how i'd handle it.
So there I am wind
15-20 knots, gusting 30+ mainsheet and rudder
in hand while he's up near the mast
. I Must say that my knowledge of how hulls handle in water
from kayaking was a definite help. I had some problems initially trying to handle the sheet and rudder
together but quickly worked out the sheet to thumb on rudder thingy (under instruction of course). after about twenty minutes the instructor said that normally he wouldn't take noobs out in these wind conditions as the wind was strengthening. He suggested moving to a smaller boat that might be easier to handle, but as I was comfortable enough he instead opted for a single
reef in the main.
We then went back out and an absolute ball. a couple of incidents of sailing heeled at 45 to 60 deg, I had the mast
down in the water
at one point but managed to get it back up after falling from the high side to the low side of the dinghy
while he was holding the spreader and dancing on the upwind side of the boat(I think the boat rounded up after i pushed the rudder all the way over and finally released the main????). We had the boat surfing down wind and basically had a lot of fun. I made about 75% of my tacks. Did a few coming alongside drills and picking up the mooring
drills and that was us done.
Either way it was a great introduction
for me. Re sparked some of my adrenaline urges.... best two hours of watery fun in years....