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Re: Raising sail on mooring.
cons on raising an overlapping jib while you're still head-to-wind are that the forward part may fill onto the "wrong" side and carry the bow where you didn't want to go (if you don't mind either tack for departure, then this doesn't matter. the Pros are that with the jib, once you're ready to bear off from the mooring and start sailing, all you have to do is back the jib by pulling whichever sheet is opposite the way you want to turn.
Keeping her into the wind with main up while moored can be tricky, she'll yaw back and forth and try to 'sail' prematurely. Sometimes keeping the mainsheet semi-taut helps, then the main acts like a steadying sail and heads you back up as soon as it starts to fill near the leech.
Some boats try to start sailing when you don't want them to, others are slow to start sailing (particularly with main alone, you may have to ease the sheet a lot) even when you want her to. I found it best to just "use the force, Luke.." and wait til she starts swinging the "right" way, then drop the mooring pennant, trim your jib first with main eased, then trim main, and off you go.
And while raising the main, same idea. don't heave while she's partially filled, wait til she swings back to head to wind, haul up quick, stop if she bears off again, wait til she rounds back up, then haul hard on the halyard whenever she cooperates and luffs the main, however briefly.
You'll get the feel of it in time. (easy for me to say, I'm at a desk which generally doesn't yaw)
Last edited by nolatom; 09-06-2013 at 12:23 PM.