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Re: Sailing 101 Quiz
concur with Sabreman.
What kind of reach? beam reach with just main and jib? I don't believe your story.
Deep broad reach, spinny flying, strong breeze? the LAST thing you should do is head up in a puff, Knockdown City.
Without spinny? Still possible to spin her up into a knockdown, but not nearly as easy as with the kite.
BTW, if you round up too quick from a broad reach, you'll heel too much and the end of you boom can drag in the water. Now you can't ease the main any more. In fact the water "trims it in" for you. You're burnt toast..
then everyone falls to leeward and no one on the tiller, which falls to leeward too. which would be even worse if your rudder were still in the water--but it's not, not any more. Your toast is on fire.
Last edited by nolatom; 08-05-2013 at 06:36 PM.