Question for those who sail cutters
All of my sailing experience has been on sloop rigged boats. When at the Annapolis boat show we went out on a 54' Hylas, a cutter rig. Every time we tacked one of the crew was up on the bow pushing the genoa over and around the staysail to complete the tack. I've never seen this before.
Is it that much more difficult to tack that you need a crew member up there to get the sail through the slot or was I just seeing inexperience?
And what does one do with a double headsail configuration, where you have only inches between the stays? Tartan had this setup on their 4300.