Finally got to use my new Bravo over the weekend!
Managed to get thrown off by a gust from a different direction. We laughed like crazy as it seemed to be a small price to pay for having all that fun. It was a new sailor's lesson in humility and respect for the power of the wind.
A couple of things I noticed...with the wind at my back, I landed a little hot a few times. After gathering my scrambled thoughts, I learned to heave to, or to simply reef the sail...duh! LOL!...it's a learning curve....
I got a skin burn on my knees the first day out, but after that day my movements must have gotten smoother because that was the extent of the injuries.
The sitting position was rough on my legs...my muscles weren't used to the position. I added boat cushions and it was perfect! Funny how a few inches can make all the difference!
There wasn't alot of wind, but for a rookie to get the feel for sailing, it was great. I now understand why you people enjoy speed! I caught a few gusts and the sudden acceleration is a rush! It was a fun exercise in observing "cause and effect".
It must be a new sailor thing, but even while driving now, I find myself looking at every flag I see and noticing wind direction and strength, imagining how I'd land and take off from shore.
I'm excited to think I have a whole summer to get better! The Bravo is a tough contraption and I think I picked the perfect boat for my needs and skill level.