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28/06/2017 16:36:42

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I would like to single hand a RS500, I weigh about 64 Kgs, I am 1 m 73 cm tall, and I expect to sail in no more than 15 knots. Do you know how hard it is to right it when it is turtled?
I sailed in the same conditions last year on a Laser Vago, and I found it extremely difficult to right when turtled.  
Thank you

28/06/2017 17:03:01

George Wilson
Posts: 5
Hi Allesandro
It is certainly easier with 2 people, but not impossible with one.  There is a reasonable edge to the underside of the gunwhale which you can stand on for leverage, unlike the Vago.  Then it is useful to grab the spinnaker sheet from the far side, you have to get both parts in your had, either side of the block so you can pull on it and it does not run through the block.  Stand on the other edge, lean out and pull against the sheet.  Use the wind to help you and it will come horizontal when you can then get on the centre board and and continue to pull on the spin sheet. 
Trust me, I'm an expert in this area :) 
BUT, its not a great boat for single handing!!  Its much more fun with two and in 15 knots one light person (at 64kgs) will be struggling.  You will probably struggle over 10 knots.  Single handed - try a 100, 600, Vareo, Aero or a Laser I would suggest. 

05/07/2017 13:22:34

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Dear George, 
Thank you for your useful reply.
I have been thinking whether there are better options for a single-handed sailing than the RS500. In the club where I am going, they only have the RS500 and Laser Vago. I am incline to go for the Vago and attach a small fender on the top of the mast to prevent it from turtling. I know that it is not an elegant solution, but it is definitely safer.
What do you think?

05/07/2017 15:11:41

George Wilson
Posts: 5
Well, that limits your options...
Which club is that?
I have sailed my 500 single handed to a) rescue a tired windsurfer and b) when my crew has decided to leave the boat in a middle of a race - but never really intentionally.  To do it properly - the jib, either make self tacking or leave it ashore. Twin tiller extensions or another block in the centre of the boat to get the main halyard not going to the transom and one long tiller extension.  
I'm quite intrigued to give this a go myself now.  Next step - foils... 
The Vago - I sailed one for a week and it was not bad, but I certainly prefer the RS500 as a two man boat, as intended. More responsive, stiffer & faster.  However, I gather the Vago has options to set it up for single handed including a self tacking jib and the main sheet will allow a single long tiller extension - so this might be your best bet.  If you capsize, just make sure you are quick onto the centre board and you wont need a float. 
Good luck - send pictures!

17/07/2017 20:24:05

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I have tried the RS500 single-handed a few times, and it was doable, if in reasonable wind conditions of course. The only problem was to right it when turtled, but it had a floater on the top of the mast. 
As for the Vago, I know it well. There is no real need to have a self-tacking jib: it is rather a good exercise to learn how to handle both main sail and jib single handed. I remember starting to learn a way and timing to properly pass the stick, main-sail sheet, and jib sheet during maneuvers. It was a very instructing exercise: after that double-handed maneuvers felt much more natural and easier as a helmsman. 
I will send some pictures! :) I may also bring my GPS tracker to have a look at my trajectories on the water:)
Thank you for your help!

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