SailNet Community - View Single Post - Turned Around - Yikes!
View Single Post
post #15 of Old 10-16-2012
Senior Member
AdamLein's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SF Bay area
Posts: 1,935
Thanks: 6
Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Re: Turned Around - Yikes!

Originally Posted by Merit25lovers View Post
Traveler at center, and Boom WAY out
I don't think there's any more to it than this. Your rig is totally unbalanced this way.

The gust brought the wind aft, stalling your jib, and with no pressure on the main, and very little flow over the keel and rudder, that will spin your right around. Basically you were steering the boat with the sails.

Upwind in strong winds, everything needs to be tight. In an emergency, you can dump the mainsheet, but you can't sail that way continuously. In those conditions, I would have two reefs in the main.

s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27
AdamLein is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome