preparation – we lead the warp through the fairlead before we start – make sure you get everything the same side of the shroud.
The key thing is to stop the boat sailing – for still water or wind with tide – once you are head to wind and you have started to pay out the warp – Release the main sheet, ease the kicker (de-power the sail) raise the centreboard (and rudder) keep your weight forward in the boat.
Have an escape plan in mind
Drop the main in open water and sail to chosen spot on Genoa (lea shore landing style) – this also works for wind against tide.
With practice you can sail upwind on just the genoa