I got out with the little Snark today in some nice wind
. First wind
this strong and first capsize
A guy was swimming across the park with a life jacket on because his buddies had not returned. I sailed up close to see if he needed help, stayed pretty close until he got to an island, and then sailed around to the other side. He was getting a breath before starting off again. He took off and I was sailing as high as I could to be headed toward him. At 50 feet or so, we started to talk again, and I took my eye off the wind. Oops! We finished our conversation bobbing there in the water
, and he contiued across the lake while I decided to find out if I knew how to turn one back over or not. I grabbed the board and rolled it back over just fine. I dropped the sail. I got everything straightened out and back in the boat. Then I started to try to get back in. I never did find a way to get back in, and after five good attempts, I swam the little boat over to the island and straightened everything out in knee deep water
Are knockdowns off wind shifts pretty common in these little boats when you are pointing up? Same thing got me twice today. Second time the yard was snapped when it turtled. Both times trying to sail as close to the wind as I could trying to hit targets instead of sailing the best course.
Anyway, here is the question. How does a big guy get back into a dinghy
that weighs 60 pounds and rolls easier than he does? Take the rudder
off and crawl over the back?
The second one today was not near shore and it was in good wind. Wind not blowing the way I wanted to go. I lost
the yard. I got towed in with the boat. I did not try to get back in with the rig broke. How does a guy alone get back into these little dinghies?