Why only a jib? When I am sailing off an anchor I am usually running or reaching to clear the anchorage. The jib is much easier to deal with whether furling
or not. Once clear I take my time to get things in order, lashed down and whatever and then I go to the main. If you are singlehanding
and the lines are all run to the cockpit
, it's not too bad. If not, I have to hustle to raise the main and get going etc. If you know you will have to close reach out of an anchorage, that is a different story and requires more preparation. If you are singlehanding
it is hard, the time between getting the anchor up and getting back to raise the sails
becomes pretty critical depending on the anchorage and other boats around. Now I learned all this by trial and error and, thank God, I never ended up on any rocks or on other boats in the process. But I am all ears and eyes for better ways to do it! I am assuming that you, brownoarsman, are singlehanding?