We need more people like you! Yes, you're going to make mistakes
, but it's always best to make them when you are not under pressure. Making mistakes
when you're racing
gets very serious very quickly.
we have usually tied the genoa
(correct term for an overlapping foresail (ie. a big jib)) to the guard rail with a couple of sail ties. That's worked fine on a 38 footer in 35+kts of wind
. Always ensure the tack is on then hoist away. You may find that some form of clip (not a shackle, you'll never undo it) on a short strop works well on the tack, rather than the simple hook that some yachts have.
Sailing in winter is a pretty cold and often bleak experience, however, there are a few nice days, and the more time you can get on the boat the better. When the water
starts to get busier it's advantageous if all the small procedures are second nature. I think I might suffer from that this year, as I've had some time off sailing recently.
If your young female crew shows particular interest, then get her involved in a dinghy
sailing club. You might find you benefit from some experience in smaller boats as well. There are generally people looking for crew, or who would happily take you out and give some advice.
All the best,
PS. The chances of you knowing what you don't know are as small as to be negligable. However, you recognise that you don't know something and that's a good place to start.