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Re: First time on the water today, I could use some advice!

Originally Posted by lapworth View Post
I am always told this and I have one problem. When you gybe you are making a tack(Changed direction of vessel in relationship to your sails). wouldn't be easier to say you are coming about or Helms alee. Why am I not tacking when I gybe???
Dude, you're getting way too technical for me. All I know is that I keep them very separate in my mind. The reason is this:

If I happen to do an "accidental tack" in big wind - I'm hove to.
If I happen to do an "accidental gybe" in big wind - my rig is in the water.

Apart from that, handling the sails for each maneuver is very different. So I think it's always a good reminder to the crew to call tack/gybe vs. coming about. Otherwise you end up with the genny wrapped around the forestay.
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