Thinking about a boat from the point of view of single handed sailing and safety requires worst case scenario thinking. Youll be a singlehander for all your watches, which means taking complete command and complete responsibility. The laser 2 must be sailed with a jib, otherwise there is too much weather helm and the boat never gets going. Be careful not to sacrifice comfort for small single handed sailing ability. This is the boat you can start with, and never outgrow. The single handed transpac shtp starts off tiburon in the san francisco bay, and ends in hanalei bay, kauai. There was a similar effect sailing the laser 3000 in lighter winds. Sailing alone can be a choice, a challenge to be taken up, but also an obligation. Mar 24, 2016 tips for shorthanded sailing be honest about your abilities. Tips for singlehanded sailors catamaran multihulls world. They do make for exciting reading but do not help people like you or me with our type of sailing. At 39 feet 5 inches long 12 meters, i found exit only to be a very manageable yacht. Email field should not be empty please enter a valid email address.
It was designed by new zealander frank bethwaite and was first launched as a product in australia then north america in 1979 and in europe in 1980. There are a number of single handed dinghy classes available and which class is the best depends on personal preferences, abilities and sailing venues. A delivery trip when no crew is available, or much more often, when cruising as a family. The kind of reefing system depends on the boat and the mainsail. Inform the new watch of any changes in course, weather, sails, etc. At sea, with young children and mum looking after them, or with a group of friends who know nothing about sailing, you have to handle your multihull alone. Roller, slab, jiffy and singleline reefing are among the choices. Jan 21, 20 incredible foiling laser taking off at southampton water activities centre flying boat duration. Most single handed sailing books are about epic stormlashed frightening long distance ocean voyages.
If thats the case, often the best help they can offer is to find an outoftheway perch and stay clear as you set sail unassisted. It will be easier if you choose your initial sailing angle to allow the genoa to be sheeted in on the same side as the line which furls the headsail which catalina typically puts on the port side. It features the latest news and events from the sailing world together with features and info in an easytouse format. Top this article has been rated as topimportance on the. We are using the laser dinghy in all our training videos, but the same principles apply to pretty much any boat you come across. Last year i was sailing the channel islands and the coast guard was announcing for a couple weeks to stay out of the way of the transpac racers. Incredible foiling laser taking off at southampton water activities centre flying boat duration. The laser two is a fast boat, but it is not a lot of work to get it to go fast. All the while the sailors werent overpowered they had a very significant advantage and made a nonsense of the py. I could raise the sails by myself, anchor by myself, and much of the time i managed the yacht as if i was the only person on board. Tie knots in the middle of the jib sheets instead of the ends, where the downwind adjustment would be. Roller, slab, jiffy and single line reefing are among the choices. In 1960, hasler competed in the first observer singlehanded transatlantic race ostar, from plymouth to new york.
Explore 34 listings for single handed sailing dinghy at best prices. I have owned, cruised, raced and single handed masthead rigged sloops and cutters. Hints on singlehanded sailing the mediterranean sea. I lost the use of my left hand in a motorbike accident when i was 20 but still manage to sail and race a flying fifteen. Much of the book is dedicated to gear that is just not practical outside of high end racing and techniques that a cruiser would never do, stacking comes to mind.
Know your limits and consider any sail with inexperienced sailors a singlehanded operation. Single handed sailing pt 2 sailing in the mediterranean and. I bought this book thinking that i would be learning new techniques to improve my single handed sailing. The book is about singlehanded racing and not that useful for single or short handed cruisers.
Single handed sailing yachts for sale enter your email address to receive alerts when we have new listings available for single handed sailing yachts for sale. World sailing news is the weekly online newsletter of the world sailing. Moving around the deck and in the cockpit with ease without stubbing your toes, bending, squeezing and tripping through the rigging helps massively with the single handed sailing. Of course, that might have been reversed in a blow, though a 100kg helm would, i suspect, have a field day on the wire, having the righting moment of a smaller two. The laser 2 is a doublehanded version of the popular laser onedesign class of small sailing dinghy. Singlehanded sailing definition of singlehanded sailing. May 04, 2015 in terms of overall participation, id give yet another vote for the laser.
How do you setup your slip to come in single handed. The same boat you might sail from a community sailing center is the same one sailed in the olympics. Loosing control during a race is definitely slow and can in some circumstances be quite expensive. Try to go out in light to medium conditions steady conditions. First boat laser 2 yachts and yachting online forum. For 18 of my 37 years of sailing i have owned, cruised, raced and single handed fractional rigged cruising boats from my folkboat in the 1970s to my current boat which i have owned now for 12 years.
The skippers job is fairly easy because hes not on a trapeze, and only has to deal with the mainsail and rudder. Sail control has been kept simple deliberately in order to keep costs down, but the standard racing boat includes spinnaker, spinnaker chute, trapeze and tracks for jib leads. There certainly does appear to be two sets of rules. Promotes singlehanded sailing education, idea exchanges, technique and equipment evaluation, and sailing events. Up for sale is a great condition laser 2 with spinnaker for sale. As a result i am slowly developing techniques and set ups to allow me to safely sail single handed. Recreational sailing at that speed is a little dull, but throw in the dynamics of having a competitor two feet ahead of you, and knowing that if you tune and balance the boat just right you could catch them, and youll have plenty of fun even in. The goal for single handed sailing is to make the boat easier to sail. Apr 29, 2017 2 days of solo sailing, sw wind 1522 knots, very strong gusts with pockets of almost zero wind, very tricky conditions to sail. For 18 of my 37 years of sailing i have owned, cruised, raced and singlehanded fractional rigged cruising boats from my folkboat in the 1970s to my current boat which i have owned now for 12 years. Laser 2 sailing single handed full version youtube. In terms of overall participation, id give yet another vote for the laser. Superlightweight inflatable sailing dinghy designed and developed by marion excoffon, the tiwal 2 inflatable sailing boat will be unveiled at boot.
Sailing alone is not that much different to sailing with crew in that the basic techniques of sailing and navigating are the same. Singlehanded sailing dinghy all boating and marine industry. This is a kind of sailing thats altogether different and is some of the most exciting and challenging sailing you can do. Aug 01, 2007 there are many good uk sailing schools that provide intensive residential courses leading to the yacht master. Last but not least the boat must sail reasonably well singlehanded when not racing or carrying the family. Single handed sailing pt 2 sailing in the mediterranean. This book is about how great it is to singlehand a sailboat under challenging conditions. Im at a point in my life when its time to live the dream that ive had since childhood and thats to sail across the atlantic single handed.
The laser twos strengths north american laser 2 class. Most singlehanded sailing books are about epic stormlashed frightening long distance ocean voyages. Single handed dinghy sailing has a special pleasure and a challenge which some find uniquely satisfying. Ilca sailing is an investment in skills that will last you a lifetime, skills that apply to any boat you choose to sail. When we sailed exit only around the world, i often considered the voyage to be a singlehanded experience in terms of managing the yacht. Sailing single handed, tips and ideas christine demerchant. Future of singlehanded dinghy racing scuttlebutt sailing news dinghy, sailing. Fast i hope to race it with a crew of 1 or 2 not all 3 or 4 3. Laser 2 sailing, a guy a girl and a small dog duration. Either they are phobically afraid of the water, are extremely busy or hate the idea of sailing. Last but not least the boat must sail reasonably well single handed when not racing or carrying the family.
How to prepare for a singlehanded transatlantic sailing voyage. Laser regatta is a powerful boat coming readily on to the plane, and competition is keen. Singlehanded sailing is within the scope of the wikiproject water sports, a collaborative effort to improve wikipedia s coverage of water sports. The term usually refers to ocean and longdistance sailing and is used in competitive sailing and among cruisers terminology. The pictures are a little grainy as they are still pictures from the a gopro video i made last summer sailing her.
Introducing a lightmedium weight singlehanded dinghy would obviously. After, or possibly concurrently with, the above, it would be a very good idea to do at least one substantial offshore trip on another boat before setting off on your single handed voyage. Many international youth events are now held in the laser 2 sailing dinghy, which signifies another step up in size and performance with the result that schools, colleges and parents are presented with a bewildering choice of youth boats, and reluctance to spend in the region of. Examples and situations supported by authors and others experiences. For a double handed team, i believe that the worst case scenario is losing one of the crew because of sickness, an accident which puts them out of commission, or i hate to even say it loss overboard it is important, therefore to think in terms of singlehandleability. The best tip i got was to tie a line between the bow and stern cleats on the side of the boat that will be next to the dock when you jump off. Hints on singlehanded sailing even if you are not the typical antisocial loner, the occasion may arise, either for choice or necessity, when you may have to tackle a crossing on your own, so i provide the following suggestions to make things a. Im lucky that my slip is against a long finger, so i can come abeam of the dock, hop off, and walk the boat back. At sea, with young children and mum looking after them, or with a group of friends who know nothing about sailing, you. Size of the largest cruising multihull that you would. Tips for singlehanded sailors catamaran multihulls.
This book is about how great it is to single hand a sailboat under challenging conditions. It is a quick, planing dinghy that differs from the laser in. The sport and practice of singlehanded sailing or solo sailing is sailing with only one crewmember i. Tacking single handed if you hadwere crew, you would tack by turning the bow through the wind, release the sheet of the genoa just as it begins to luff, and draw in the opposite sheet at the same time that the bow is swinging through the wind. Singlehanded sailing synonyms, singlehanded sailing pronunciation, singlehanded sailing translation, english dictionary definition of singlehanded sailing. The laser, is a highly popular family of small onedesign sailing dinghies using the same common hull and interchangeable rigs with different sail areas. The laser is one of the most popular singlehanded dinghies in the world. Im currently doing a skippers course which will take me up to advanced cruising, coastal navigation and radio operation, although blue water cruising is not included since im based in montreal. Sailing laser2 sailboat single handed at ratzeburger see, northern germany, summer 2012. I have read many of the post on this site and am thinking a 17 20 cat is probably the size range.
The autopilot is a useful aid for single handers, but never turn your back on it especially when you need it most in heavy seas and winds. Because of the rising popularity of short handed racing and cruising, there has been a trickledown effect in the technology used by vendee globe sailors. For those looking for a more comfortable cruising yacht the tofinou 10, grand soleil 46lc, dehler 34 and xyachts xc45 are all set up to be run by a skeleton crew. Very rare, only the newest laser 2 s have these, they are getting harder and harder to fine. You can reright the laser ii if you capsize, your forked if ya dump the. Know your limits and consider any sail with inexperienced sailors a single handed operation. For those looking for a more comfortable cruising yacht the tofinou 10, grand soleil 46lc, dehler 34 and x. The laser is designed to be sailed single handed although class rules permit. The laser ii is a much better choice to sail single handed then the flying sidewalk. Sailing alone is not that much different to sailing with crew in that the basic techniques of. I just did two nights singlehanded from eureka california to half moon bay near san francisco 10 miles offshore, for a total of 240 miles or so. Aug 02, 2017 this is what singlehanded sailing is all about.
Shorthanded sailors should reef their sails early and often, as the old rule advises. The laser 2 is a double handed version of the popular laser onedesign class of small sailing dinghy. Not sure if this is the sort of sailing you are looking for but check it out if you like. It was designed by new zealander frank bethwaite and was first launched as a product in australia then north america. The aero is a single handed dinghy thats enormous fun to sail. Hasler is known as the father of singlehanded sailing, owing to his invention of the first practical selfsteering gear for yachts. It is a quick, planing dinghy that differs from the laser in that it has a jib, symmetric spinnaker and a trapeze for the crew. An excellent summary of sailing fundamentals not only for single handed sailors but for any yachtsperson racing or cruising over long or short distances. Promotes single handed sailing education, idea exchanges, technique and equipment evaluation, and sailing events. Notice the built in spinnaker tube infront of the mast. I am particularly unlucky with my friends and family. I do sail an enterprise though, single handed, which is basically a 2 man dinghy which is fun. Rs aero modern and more comfortable counterpart of the laser, also with three rigs, the rs aero caters for an even wider range of crew weights, appealing to men, women and all ages. You can reright the laser ii if you capsize, your forked if ya dump the flying scot even with crew.
The jib is fairly small on this boat, relatively easy for singlehanded. Your local loft can also help you with ideas on how to best solve problems and set the boat up for solo sailing. Solo in a laser 2 dinghy anarchy sailing anarchy forums. I have owned, cruised, raced and singlehanded masthead rigged sloops and cutters.
Adventure sailing camping mediterranean sea singlehanded from slovenia to albania and back on laser 2 sailing dinghy dinghy cruising. Teach a friend, learn from a friend, or race with a friend. Rigging simplicity the con of leading lines aft sailing. Tips for shorthanded sailing be honest about your abilities. Two hands on deck ocean navigator ocean voyager 2016. The less time it takes to get to lines needed to control the boat the less apt one is to loose control by not being at the helm. The single handed transatlantic race ostar and the route du rhum are transatlantic single handed races. It planes easily on a reach, in as little as 10 knots.
Excerpts from popular sailing dinghies charles smith publications 2 nd edition. Singlehanded sailing offers a rare chance in this noisy hyperconnected world to step off the fast track, slow down, and listen to the quiet, if only for a short while. If you would like to participate, you can visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a list of open tasks. This video shows you where to sit on your single person dinghy. Single handed sailing has become a major competitive sport, and there are a number of prominent single handed offshore races. It is is a community of sailors from all around the world who truly love to sail. I have seen this video of a laser 2 being sailed single handed. Paddle boarding, boat shelf, utility boat, sailing dinghy, small sailboats. View profile view forum posts private message senior member join date oct 1999. Ive been practicing single handed docking under sail for the past few months.
With 125 ft2, laser 2 has 49 ft2 more than a laser on a longer and slightly heavier hull. Consider both singlehanded and doublehanded options 4. Singlehanded sailing is within the scope of the wikiproject sailing, a collaborative effort to improve wikipedia s coverage of sailing. How to prepare for a singlehanded transatlantic sailing.383 194 431 392 231 522 1013 214 872 729 1245 107 704 200 1144 249 1298 372 256 132 1135 550 1434 1119 1105 1512 482 620 1082 1185 1169 1146 216 1058 1357 120 571 1046 1169 751 373 217 872 1128 1193 1033