Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie
I raced these for a time. Jibe? That's just silly. Back wind the jib? Only a little; it's generally a sign of weak technique. Keep practicing until it's solid.
* Bear off just enough to get to peak speed. Perhaps full-and-by.
* Put the helm down pretty far, but smoothly.
* Get across a little late and stay aft, almost like a roll tack. You want to get the boat heeling with the windward hull nearly out of the water. This reduces the amount of drag and lets the boat pivot on the leeward hull. Staying aft, with the bow up also helps. Don't exaggerate these motions in strong winds, or capsize is possible.
* Release the main sheet a few feet JUST as the boat gets head to wind. This will make it easier to keep turning.
* Get the jib in tight on the new tack as soon as it will fill. There is no great rush on the main.
* Continue turning past close hauled to a close reach on the new tack, and retrim as the boat accelerates. Then head up.
If you are using a tiller extension, pass this behind the boom in a vertical position as you cross; this will allow you to get back to hiking within seconds.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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Last edited by pdqaltair; 07-05-2012 at 09:54 AM.