Originally Posted by Barquito
I always had a little trouble sailing off the pin. It helped to have the tiller lashed to the side so the boat will reverse in the direction I wanted it to go. Then while at the bow, wait for the boat stern to swing to the the side I wanted, then let the mooring line go slack. I could still hold the end of the mooring line while the bow started to fall off the wind..........
I like these interesting ideas that are new to me. Much depends on the specific characteristics of your boat. For me & my vessel, I often do best by pulling out a couple feet (or more in less wind) of roller furled jib; then, at the proper swing I backwind the piece of headsail to encourage my desired tack. Take care and joy, Aythya crew