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101220Re: How do you tack? (was CYOA - Ash Ling)

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  • Just Me!
    Oct 2, 2008
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      I'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
      days. <g>
      > ----- Original Message ----
      > From: Eric White <svcompassrose@...>
      > To: columbiasailingyachts@yahoogroups.com
      > 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?
      > Eric
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