I returned from a trip up North the other day, and wanted to recount something stupid I did while solo sailing in a stiff breeze with 4 foot chop.
I was heading North with the wind
behind me, both sails
up, making good time, and approaching my turn into a small town to anchor
for the night.
The roller furling
on the front was easy to pull in (love this roller furling), but then I was left with the Main, that was powering the boat
, and I needed to depower it.
I started the motor
, and set the course straight ahead, no great speed, just enough to move the boat
forward, and then I pulled the mainsail
to center, and dropped it.
This seemed to work
for about 10 seconds until the boat lost
speed suddenly and turned sharply to starboard, where I was left floundering as it heeled over and the 4 foot waves hit it sideways.
I managed to muscle the rudder
back up and gave the engine
more power and we were good after that, but it was obvious that I did this completely wrong.
I think if I had applied more power to the motor
, and then locked the rudder
straight using my tiller pilot, that would have prevented this sudden turn to starboard.
What is the proper way to transition from sails
to motor in a strong downwind with 4 ft chop?