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Old 08-18-2009
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Smile Tack & Jibe SOP sailing two person boat single

Hi, I'm looking for advice on the sequence of events (suggested standard operating procedure) for tacking and jibing a two person boat sailing solo. I'm sailing Hunter 140's right now at my local sailing club. In light winds, when the pressure is off, I have no problems, but in fresh winds I get sloppy, sometimes the turn goes well, sometimes not. I've been trial and error trying to work out the tack & jibe process that works best, but was hoping someone experienced could short cut the process for me. What is the right sequence of events for: turning the tiller, straightening the tiller, shifting sides(weight), trading tiller hands, ease jib and main, and trimming jib and main, etc? What other key rules of thumb need followed? Thanks!
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