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post #5 of Old 11-24-2002
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Self-tacking question

Gordon: FWIW we rigged a 150 genoa as a self-tacking jib. It was a windy day(18 to 20 knots) and we had the first reef in the main. We were short tack beating up a narrow channel against the tide and tacking the genny was wearing us out. (My wife and I are 75 and just past our prime.) We couldn''t motor because we were racing and placing well. The roller furling jib made it impractical to change jibs and without a jib the weather helm was too much. We rolled the jib to about 80% and with a separate line sheeted it to the mast. The foot was pulled straight to a position on the mast just high enough to allow a moderate twist in the leach. From then on both sails tended themselves and all we had to do was steer, point high and go fast. What a relief! Cheers, George
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