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 Post subject: Tacking
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:43 am 
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Hi Guys,
I am finding it hard to tack in my 17 i just have a main sale. i have been told to jibe instead of tacking any tips on tacking please.


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 Post subject: Re: Tacking
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:13 am 
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Tacking the 17 is an art, but once mastered, it's really not that hard.

First of all, you need some speed - the rudders don't work unless there's water flowing over them.

Main sheeted tightly.

Gently carve into the turn (don't slam the tiller over and stall the rudders).

Uncleat the main, but don't let any out (yet).

Keep your weight aft and outboard (either on the wing or hull just forward of the rear crossbar) to help lift the bows around.

As the boat crosses head to wind, dive under the boom while at the same time, letting the mainsheet go and keeping the rudders over. Let about 4 - 5 feet of mainsheet out. (this is most critical)

You're now on the new windward side - make sure the mast has rotated (give the boom a shove if it hasn't) and start sheeting in slowly as the boat begins to accelerate on the new tack.

If the wind is up, get out on the wing as soon as you can, hook up and continue sheeting in while you go out on the trapeze.


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 Post subject: Re: Tacking
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:20 pm 
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Good advice. I would add to that to over-tack a bit, get some speed up and then point up higher.

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 Post subject: Re: Tacking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:37 am 
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Yes, good advice. BUT it is important to learn how to reverse tack the boat (or whatever they call it) if you get stuck in Irons. This is especially important if you are sailing in higher wind. When it's blowing, really blowing and the waves are up, I'm lucky to make half my tacks and jibes are too scary an alternative, so reverse tacks are used. There are times though when it is blowing so hard it is difficult to impossible to point high enough to even get into Irons, then a Bat Out Of Hell Jibe is the only recourse. I've had my most spectacular endo capsizes attempting BOOHJ's, but what a rush whether you make the jibe or not. :wink:


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