Did my first solo overnight this past summer. One piece of gear
I won't willingly do without is a red-light LED headlamp. That was ultra-handy all night long and ensured my night vision stayed at max.
I also did the kitchen timer (set for 10 minutes) and an Ironman watch with timer set for 12 minutes. The watch never went off as I always got up when the kitchen timer went off. My original plan was to test 10 minute naps, then move up to 20 which would be the max I could safely do from a traffic free horizon. I never got past 10, though, because of weather
issues. (Doing without the GPS
at night was a very rewarding practice and I highly recommend it in the right circumstances.)
The big problem for me was sloppy waves and light winds that caused slatting sails
just before and through the dawn. The winds were too light for my normal sails and I wasn't comfortable rigging
my asymmetrical in the dark -- not enough practice yet in the daylight.
All in all, it was my most rewarding sail of last season and I'm looking forward to more.