I agree with the previous posters that 3 is probably the most people you would want aboard - in light wind, having more weight aboard makes it harder to get the boat moving, and in a stronger breeze, it becomes an issue of balance and choreography to try to have the weight in right places and move about during tacks.
For tacking, as they said, you'll want to turn smoothly through the wind to maintain speed, and it usually helps to let the jib backwind to help push the bow(s) over.
Sounds like fun!
Carolina Wind Yachting Center, Washington, NC
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