My first single-handed circumnavigation

Well, single-handed circumnavigation of Alcatraz that this 🙂 It was actually my first single-handed sail on Stops. I just installed a new autopilot and wanted to calibrate and test it out..

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Nice 12 knot breeze and blue skies.. Amazing day for sailing.. Just about to tack. Thank god for the auto-tack feature on the autopilot which makes single-handed tacking a breeze.

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The autopilot control head. I hadn't got round out to installing the control head on the deck. Fashioned up a makeshift location in the starboard perch to install it temporarily for the sail.

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Rounding Alcatraz, doing some single-handed photography as well.. Sporting a "just sailed across an ocean single-handed look". More like I forgot to shave this morning..

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Oops I was breaking a single-handed sailing rule by not wearing my tether… Something to try out next time…

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Sailing downwind with the autopilot, it handed it pretty well. Figured out how to do quick chicken gybes. I didn't dare do proper gybes single-handed.

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Stops back at the Marina, after a wonderful sail. I found coming in stern-to was much easier when single-handed. It allows me to quickly escape by going forward if something goes wrong.