Hi all, this is a bit of a story as well as a question. So my stepdad picked up a sunfish from his parents that he had gotten to Sail when he was young.
It needed some repairs
but I was still really excited. I had a tiny bit of experience with these, but it had been on a wide river at a summer camp, so not much. This was going to be my first time on a lake. Anyway I ordered the parts
, and fixed (or so I thought) and cleaned the boat.
We decided to take the boat out to a nearby lake, which wasn't very big. So we launch the boat and out I go. It was a blast, i certainly never got going like this on a river. I tipped her a few times, but it's easy to righten.
At one point though I get, I guess I would say caught in the wind
- I would start drifting backwards so the rudder
would be reversed, and then my sail would catch wind
and I would go right back to where I started (if this makes sense). Maybe it's something simple and I'm sounding like an idiot here, should I just use a paddle to get out of this? Is there something simple I'm not doing?
Alright back to story time. So by now I realize I'm pretty far from shore and better get this tacking thing down pretty fast and head
back, when all of a sudden my sail comes flying down! After replacing pieces to the rudder
and the rings to hold the sail, I hadn't replaced the rope! And what do you know, the rope
snapped, so now I'm pretty far from the shore, and I'm noticing I'm starting to drift towards those now scary looking rocks sticking out on the other side of the lake. So of course I jump in to start pulling, as I realize I have quite some time to think to myself as I swim the boat (and myself) back to shore. Luckily I was very fortunate for their to be some guys who were out fishing
on their pontoon, and they were nice enough to pull me to the shore (thank you for that!)
I can certainly say I learned something, and next time I'm bringing a paddle! I can't wait for it to warm up again, so I can replace this rope
back out there : )