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post #14 of Old 04-14-2010
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Hilarious thread! From 'how to gybe my Bene 31 short handed' to the perils of heavy air gybing in 30+ kts of breeze, or, gybing on "11".

To the OP, you're boat isn't all too big, so there really isn't too much to worry about. The order (main first, jib second or visa versa) isn't all that important for normal conditions. We'll leave the heavy stuff for another thread as it depends hugely on the boat, crew, and very importantly, sea state.

In your case, it shouldn't be hard or slow to go wing on wing for a bit, then gybe the main. Or as others said, strap your jib a bit, take up on the lazy sheet, gybe the boat and the main, and deal with the jib when your done and trim to course. In really light air, you can just grab a bite of the mainsheet and toss it across the boat as the stern crosses the wind. Be sure it's a controlled ease on the new gybe. It saves a lot of wear and tear. In more wind, use the main sheet to bring the boom to centerline... when the main is effectively stalled just before it's ready to fill on the new gybe, uncleat the main sheet for a quick and controlled ease. On larger boats with main sheet winches, use the winch drum to control the speed of the ease. 'Quick' is your friend, but 'control' is your god. If you have and use your vang, be aware of how much vang tension you might have. If it's heavily tensioned and you let the boom slam across the boat, you can break the boom even when you start sailing in the 18-20kt wind range.

In the end, gybing single handed is a pretty simple sequence. Just practice.
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