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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:49 pm 
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I've got a pretty basic sailing question. Today we were sailing our wave and we had some real nice conditions. It was stormy and there was nice waves and white caps.

A storm rolled in and the conditions got pretty hairy so we began to sail in the dock. The wind was parallel to the shore. I sailed in a run and planned on turning into the wind when I got between the Docks. As I got close to the Docks the wind shifted and I was now sailing directly downwind. At the same time I started riding down the face of a wave and my sail was all the way out because I was trying to spill some wind. All of the sudden the entire front on the boat was under water. My wife and I scooted back toward the rudder to get out of the water. The boat kept pealing, I tried sheeting in and I tried turning. The boat kept pearling. Finally it surfaced. I'm not sure what I did. I was hoping you guys could offer some advice. I'm only sailing three months now. How would you handle that situation?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:33 pm 
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Others on this forum have a lot more experience than me, but if you're trying to slow down on a run, you should probably sheet the main all the way in -- i.e., sheeted out is the correct way to maximise speed on a run, so sheeting in is basically sailing 'badly' on purpose. I've made exactly the same mistake as you and pitchpoled; sounds like you guys managed to keep the mast out of the water! If you have a jib kit, and you know there's a strong wind coming (and you're a bit of a whimp like I am), you could also drop the main and run in under jib alone.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:29 pm 
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This is you do -- first to get close to the shore, and then turn into the wind, and let the wind push you going backwards. When you are close to the shore, lift your rudders to make sure they don't hit the bottom. Cats are pretty good going backwards and you should be able to be in control even with the rudders in up position. You can practice this maneuver in the middle of the lake where it is safe.

Good luck and stay safe :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:54 am 
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Based on initial conditions described, heading into an on-shore wind with large swells AND docks to your stern can be extremely dangerous.............YIKES !!

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