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Re: First Accident What Did I Do Wrong?
"edit: post regarding teacher"
Im sorry but that teacher has one thing right and one thing extremely wrong...for one you dont head into the wind when letting go of the tiller on all points of sail, like mentioned before not all boats round up....some round down and that depends on rudder design and also boat handling...crew weight etc...among other factors like wind and wave patterns...boat balance, heel, etc.
if you are in trouble, downwind would that advice fly?
"when in doubt let it out has been a golden standard for centuries"... again still this only mostly applies to points of sail except down wind
for example my clutch main sheet analogy woulndt help on a ddw leg wouldt it cause the sail is going to jam into the rigging...
if you let the mainsheet go ddw on a laser or unstayed mast would that advice fly either?
even the most experienced sailors can have a heck of a hard time regaining controll after the boom has passed the 100-110 degree angle... on a ddw leg. A DEAT ROLL is not fun on big boats...
I think new sailors should learn all points of sail except downwind legs untill they are profficient with the others, this is how I taught kids in the sailing school down here...
the reason is downwind legs are often the ones were most skill are needed to keep the boat steady and where the possibilty of danger is most present, an unwanted gybe, or getting the the main backwinded or rolling, or getting unstable make downwind sailing the hardest thing to learn for new sailors.Not to mention keel position, crew weight and position...sail control etc...
Im sorry but I see where some can argue against sailing classes, if indeed this is being taught it shows how all sailing schools are not created equal.
any good sailor would never recomend letting go of the helm as a safe maneauver..or tactic.I cant think of one instance where other maneuvers wouldnt mark higher up on the list of things to do in case of danger and or difficult circumstances.
Maybe one but not applicable to this discussion.
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Last edited by christian.hess; 06-27-2014 at 02:20 PM.