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post #3 of Old 08-02-2010
mpickering
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Originally Posted by surelyujest71 View Post
I can sail across the wind - but tend to heel over quite a bit if it's more than a slight breeze. hmm. This I need to improve on.

I can tack into the wind - once I got the hang of it, it was quite easy.
Sounds like a great little boat.

On the heeling bit, dinghies are very sensitive to weight distribution. I was out on my Snark dinghy over the weekend in up to 20 knot gusts and you knew when you got hit with a puff.

Next time she starts to heel, see if you can lean your body away from the sail. In dinghy sailing, you'll tend to be on that side anyway to help keep the boat flat. You'll notice as you lean out she'll come back to vertical. You'll quickly learn it does not take a lot of movement on your part to achieve this. If you have a deck to lie on, you'll eventually find yourself perhaps out over the water (hiking out) to counteract the heel. It quickly becomes second nature.

Matt

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