I have recently taken up sailing at a community boating project. I passed the sunfish class with relative ease, learned the terms and could sucessfully tack and jibe as well as go on a run. I was absolutely thrilled and having tons of fun. I more or less mastered the sunfish in 3 weeks. (winds 5-10mph, w/gusts of more)
The upcoming class is on the 16 foot boats. (seats 4-5 comfortably)
I was told to practice with just the main sail and I had a few close calls with the shore while tacking.
I went out with one of the staff and the jib sheet and well…I feel like I just about died. I controled the jib and he controled the main sail and the tiller. I took the tiller and we nearly keeled over. We even took on a bit of water!!!:eek: The wind was 15-20mph so I know that had something to do with it.
I’m really disheartened. I don’t think I can sail the bigger boats at ALL. I can’t tack to save my life (if I hadn’t been with a staff that may be true) and I really struggle with keeping my head on straight when the boat leans. In my class with two teens (17 and 15) and an older woman 60+ I am the one who keeps my head on straight but I really don’t think I can do this. It’s just so much more boat…but besides racing tricks there’s nothing much to learn on the sunfish…I’ve even taken out the daggerboard.
Anyone know anything about sailing they can pass along?