I have been sailing for a few years now, and still love the challenge of racing alone. Of course you don’t race alone, you might be by yourself on the boat but you are racing with others in the event. To me that is the key enjoyment, once the race is finished you are reunited with a like-minded group of people that have just shared an experience. My boat is called Monotone (Mono = Solo, tone = Tony) and she is just under 11m long. I purchased her to develop for longer distance solo and short handed events, a couple of years in and the project is about 65% done. Apparently good things take time.I find when racing you can take two approaches; race to win, or sail as fast as possible. Occasionally they are the same thing, but you are more likely to notice Monotone streaking away off the wind with maximum sail area up with less regard to the shortest course or possible wipeouts – then you know I’m having fun.
Looking forward to a great 2022 – 2023 single-handed season, seeing old friends and meeting new participants.