After a 25 year break from sailing i jumped back in boots and all and bought my SO40 just before Christmas
. After only a couple of weeks before summer reminding myself about how to sail and to get used to my boat, i have now started my 6 week summer vacation
in the Greek islands
with 10 days alone on the boat.
I was quite nervous venturing out of the marina solo, as the last time i sailed solo i was probably 16 and it was a mirror dinghy
With the Meltemi blowing though this part of Greece
I have been a but worried that this could be a baptisim by fire.
I have now made 5 island hops and I am loving the solo sailing experience. With the exception of day two all of legs have been quite short, under 4 or 5 hours, so it has not been a too taxing experience.
I am finding that i am reefing earlier than i would with a crew and in general being more conservative. I have even got into the habit of wearing a harness on deck
( never done that before, shock horror). Anchoring
is a challenge at time when the wind
is howling and i cant be at the helm
at the same time. I learnt the hard way the other day that fishing
lines and windlasses should not be mixed. As i was trying to up anchor
line got tangled in the windlass
. I was lucky i managed to manually pull out enough chain so the anchor could get hold which allowed me to clear the windlass
which took 20 minutes. Not sure what i would have done if the anchor did not hold as i was between 2 islands so i could not just drift and cut the line.
I have not yet tried going into a marina just yet. I figure i will wait until my water
supply is low before i try that.
I feel like i am learing more doing this alone than if i had even a totally inexperienced crew. Most importantly there is more tinking about what to do next and less "she'll be right mate"
Btw if it was not for CF i doubt i'd be here now