By Andrew Evans

"It takes hundreds of thousands of hours of cruising to get the type of wisdom contained during this book." -- from the Foreword by means of Bruce Schwab

The purely bible for a way to sail your boat quickly, secure, and alone

Solo crusing is inside of any sailor's take hold of with a bit forethought--and this crucial guide.

Got a 35-foot sailboat? No challenge. Is the wind blowing 20 knots? No challenge. Are you racing offshore in a single day? Even greater. Singlehander Andrew Evans discovered the not easy method easy methods to sail and race alone--with plenty of mishaps, together with broaches and a close to tumbling over a waterfall--and in Singlehanded Sailing he stocks the options, assistance, and strategies he has built to make his solo crusing adventures secure and enriching.

Learn every thing you must comprehend to satisfy any solo problem, including:

  • Managing the ability intake aboard a ship to feed the electrical autopilot
  • Setting and gybing a spinnaker
  • Finding time to sleep
  • Dealing with heavy weather

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In some cases the required action will be extreme, but with foresight it is still preferable to the doom that will result on the existing course. ” What matters is that the skipper perceives that doom is certain. The best example is a boat heading for rocks in high winds. The only way to avoid the rocks is to gybe, but this action will bring the boat even closer to the rocks before sailing clear. The skipper must make an immediate choice between the certainty of hitting the rocks in 3 minutes or gybing with the potential of hitting the rocks immediately or hopefully sailing clear.

He would later say this moment was the most terrifying in his life. “It still makes me shiver thinking about it,” he says. Hatfield knew he was looking at the glow of a lighthouse. But if this was the Horn, the lighthouse should be on his left, not his right. If it was the Horn, it meant he was driving towards assured destruction, for to the left there could only be the jagged shards of volcanic rock. Driven by hurricane force winds, he would be dead very quickly, joining the thousands of others who had perished here.

A couple of weeks later Wakefield described his attitude as being as happy as a ten-year-old boy while he watched a whale playing nearby. As far as I know, singlehanded sailing is the only sport where one needs to be physically, mentally, and emotionally ready, just to finish. I have read many books on sailing the great races. I have never read that the skipper in the Volvo Ocean Race broke down and cried. It just does not happen. This is the difference between singlehanding and crewing, even with just two on board.

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