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post #14 of Old 07-05-2012
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Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

To add to Random's advice, here is what I did on my H16 when sailing solo (I did not race, just had lots of fun)

1) Fall off slightly to gain speed
2) Smoothly and quickly turn the rudders no more than 45 deg - keep your weight aft
3) As you come up on the wind and just cross it, let out the main sheet about 2-3 feet
4) When the battens pop (main sail is filled), tack the jib
5) Fall off on the new course slightly to gain speed
6) Adjust your course and trim sails

This will work even with current and/or in light air. As mentioned above practice is key. It may be bad technique for some, but I found it to be quick, safe, and reliable.
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