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post #12 of Old 07-05-2012
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

1. get up your speed close hauled. All sails sheeted in tightly.
2. Sit as far back and windward as possible - you want as little weight on the leward bow as possible.
3. Gently turn into the wind (yes, tiller hard over will stall you in irons).
4. When you are directly bow to wind, ease the mainsheet 6-12 inches. Keep the jib sheeted tight. Keep the tiller turning you onto the new tack.
5. At this point, all that weight (you) in the back may want to flip the boat backwards - be aware of this and be ready to move quickly to prevent a flip.
6. If you stall in the irons and start to drift backwards, flip the tiller hard over the other way (only do this if you are actually moving backwards).
7. Once the jib backwinds, sheet in the main, release jib and sheet from the other side, move yourself to the other side of the boat. She should take off like a rocket.
8. Be aware that you can jibe around (270 degree tack) if you still cant get it.
9. Practice.
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