101220Re: How do you tack? (was CYOA - Ash Ling)
- Oct 2, 2008I'm a C kind of gal. I usually move just before we tack unless we have
a lot of passenger weight on the opposite side. Trying to move uphill
on arm strength alone can be entertaining to watch. Let's just say I
need to work on my sail trimming to keep the heel to a sane level some
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Eric White <svcompassrose@...>
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> Sent: Thursday, October 2, 2008 9:39:06 AM
> Subject: How do you tack? (was CYOA - Ash Ling)
> Tack. That was my first thought, too. <grin>
> But it brings up a question to you tiller users:
> When you tack, do you:
> A. move to the windward side of the boat
> B. switch hands on the tiller
> C. A and B
> D. keep your butt in the same spot
> E. it depends.....
> I've seen people do all of the above except B only. I fall into the C
> catagory - I move to the windward side and switch hands. I think this
> is because I did almost all my early sailing on stuff like Sunfish,
> Force 5, etc. I had to move to the windward side or the boat would
> tip over. I switched hands on the tiller because the hand towards the
> bow controlled the main sheet, so the hand toward the stern controlled
> the rudder. (Note - "controlled" was sometimes a relative term).
> I think this was reinforced when sailing a boat with any weather helm.
> When sitting to windward you hold the tiller towards you; when sitting
> to leeward you constantly have to push the tiller away. Holding it
> toward me seems to take less effort and felt more natural.
> So, how do you tack?
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