So I went sailing for the first time in my O'day 25 last week. A small reservoir near my house with no NOAA info that I know of, so I went with the weather
app on my phone
which predicted 8 mph winds. I thought that I should have no problem using the main at full and the standard jib
All went well, I learned quite a bit. I am confident that I can get a lot out of some ASA
lessons now. I did not, however, handle the gusts well. Wind
seemed to come from all angles depending on where we were. My solution for excessive heel was to steer into the wind
, and luckily each time there was no one near us. We ended up doing a 360 at one point. Also, I forgot to install the battens. Yes, unfortunately I was that guy.
So I learned the supposedly first rule
of sailing, reef early (safety first being a given). I was wondering if I could get maybe a definition or term to search for regarding the rigging
on the main pictured below. I can definitely reef it without help, but I would like to get to know how this design is meant to be used instead of butchering it which seems to be my path in this adventure.
Also, obviously I bought this boat
used, so I'm using it as I found it. Please shout if anything looks wrong.
Thank you for your help!