Daggerboard was down but I steered the wrong (right in any other boat) way initially in the first gust with the kicker connected to the Drive leash eye, whereupon the kicker tightened up and locked the sail and over I went. I was aware this might happen but thought I'd be able to loosen the kicker in time. Wrong... Beginner's mistake
The kicker is supposed to attach to the mast (or a furler drum hole) as recommended by Solway Dory, but that means having to disconnect it when furling.
After I disconnected the kicker I had a lot of fun in the gusts coming through a cut in the hills at 90 degrees to the small waves in the bay. I started with the rig partially furled but it didn't take long to get used to sailing it on what was only my my first time out ever in my AI and my first time sailing in donkey's years with anything other than a tiny Pacific action sail on a sea kayak.
Once I started leaning back and out on the cut down Aka's ( Ak's?
), I was pleasantly surprised by how stable and forgiving the sét up was for such a narrow boat with the sail fully unfurled. I think the weight must help. I did miss the kicker downwind a bit so will probably refit it next time out.
The set up's not perfect for me but once I fit some kind of hiking strap, an extra pulley for the main, tie the mast yoke on the boom to the mast and reverse the pull on the outhaul on the boom with a small pulley at the mast end, i think I'll be very happy with it indeed.
Shame it won't plane, mind