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Re: Teaching the wind techniques
I find that it is really hard for people to figure out from which side of the boat the wind is coming. They are used to tuning out that sensory input because, in their daily lives, it's just "noise". For me, I have them (and I do it myself) look at the sails. If I want to tack, I turn the nose of the boat (with a wheel, that means I also turn the wheel) in the direction of the sails. If I want to jibe, I turn the nose of the boat away from the sails.
The timing issue is different; you mainsheet guy needs to step up his game! OK, more seriously, have the helmsperson not steer quite so agressively until the sail is in the neutral position.
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