A big part of singlehanding
, inline with what boatman said, is the psychology. It's pretty hard to learn until you do it. Now that I think about it, it's probably not even a good idea to start singlehanding
by doing it with someone else.
Spend time at the dock
, reefing, launching the dinghy
, etc. I wrote down steps so I wouldn't forget.
Sail conservatively. Avoid shipping
lanes, stay well offshore
, and when you're approaching shore try to make it at a right angle. Minimize the amount of time you're ~50 miles from land.
I did ~1200 miles by myself last year. Did the whole thing double reefed. Slower? A bit, but guess who never had to do anything when the wind
and conservation of energy take paramount importance.
Regarding sleep, do whatever works for you. Some people can do the catnap thing, others get big multi hour chunks. But whatever you do make sure that you need to be awake (like on approach to land or to fix something) that you're not catatonic and useless. If you're navigating and can't do basic math in your head
you're in some deep trouble.