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 Post subject: Rudders Up
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:41 pm 
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I have noticed in pictures that some of the top guys are running H16s with their windward rudders up when sailing upwind. I have started experimenting with this technique and I do find it feels faster. However I also find it’s tricky getting the rudder setup if it’s windy and you are doing this from the wire.

Does anyone have any tips on getting the rudder up? Is it really faster? Are the top guys tacking their rudders too?


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 Post subject: Re: Rudders Up
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:44 pm 
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Contact me at Themadges@shaw.ca and I will give you the details


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 Post subject: Re: Rudders Up
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:53 pm 
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I can,t find the issue on the one rudder up technique,so I will try to summerise
the article was by Colby and i actually had the same discussion with him(via the internet)
He said the first sailors he saw using it were the SA in the 93 worlds
He finds the benifite is in the feel in the helm
he only uses it it double trap conditions.
says it takes lots of practice to use as it is an extra job on the tacks
he actually keeps his rudders loose so he can kick the rudders up with his feet when on the trap
that basically summerizes the article and discussion
I have also included a post by Haken Frojdh
I've been sailing upwind with one rudder one on many races for approx 10 years. I raise the rudder from single trap and higher winds. In lighter winds you need all the rudder area you can get!

Step by step
1. Your sailing with double trapped full power with one rudder.
2. Luff the boat gently and jump in from the trapeze when you are heading directly into the wind.
3. Crew jumps over to new side.
4. Skipper pops down the rudder, releases a bit of main sheet and jumps to the new side. Since the skipper is slow over to the new side because of the rudder you get the benefit of a roll tack also.
5. Gain speed on the new tack with both rudders and start sheeting in the main.

Now you have two options
Option 1
6. Gain some more speed so you can sheet the main in a bit more.
7. Raise the rudder
8. Go out in trapeze.
option 2
6. Go out in trapeze and sheet in the main for max power with both rudders.
7. Go further back in the trapeze and kick the tiller up with your rear foot to release the kick up.
8. Kneel in (stil in trapeze) and pull the last bit of rudder up to locked position.


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