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Great feedback - love the concept about seeing the underbody and keel.

Here is a link to a short video of a newbie gal sailing last weekend -

She looks like she is having fun
Thos little Schock Harbor 20/25s are sweet little boats!
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I won't rant tonight however if you are from Dana Point you might know my best friend Kathy at the yacht club there. She can probably tell you in person my rant. Your boat name sound familiar. We might be closer than you think.
If you mean Kathy B at DPYC then yes I know her. You may know my boat as Cheap Sunglasses or Fandango
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Re: girls and heels

What helped us was that Jim gave me control of the main sheet. Whenever I felt we were heeling too far, I could let it out until I felt comfortable again. Just having that control helped my comfort level, and by the end of the season last year, I wasn't freaking out at a heel greater than 20 deg. (Didn't like it, but didn't freak out either. lol)
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What helped us was that Jim gave me control of the main sheet. Whenever I felt we were heeling too far, I could let it out until I felt comfortable again. Just having that control helped my comfort level, and by the end of the season last year, I wasn't freaking out at a heel greater than 20 deg. (Didn't like it, but didn't freak out either. lol)
Beautiful! I'm going to put my wife in charge of the mainsheet our next sail. She didn't like the helm, and winching the jib on each tack was "way too much work".
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Re: girls and heels

This isnt a topic only about girls. I have a stepson who was terrified when the boat first heeled. It was all about not knowing what was OK and what was not. Until he got an explanation and a little experience he didnt know that we werent about to all die. Boys may be more stoic about scary stuff outside of their comfort zone, but like anyone else they need an explanation and to take it in small steps.
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Re: girls and heels

Great idea working the mainsheet to control heel.

I usually try and give newbies the tiller as soon as sensible ( usually sailing beam reach ) but this is great alternative
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Re: girls and heels

I addition to all the good advises you got above, I would show them a 'proof' that a keeled boat can't capsize, like the following video:
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I wouldn't show them a real broach caused by too much sail and wind cause you can't promise you wouldn't be caught in the same situation, but in the above video it is obvious that it was an experiment or a silly mistake.
Furthermore, the video shows that the boat recovers itself without the help of the crew !
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Re: girls and heels

I'm a girl. I don't usually wear heels, nor do I like heeling!

10-15 degrees is just fine with me and the boat definitely picks up a ton of speed, 20 is okay, 30 is a lot of work and no fun at all.

I used to race and skinning my knees and getting random bruises from having the rail in the water is one of the reasons I quit. If I'm on a pleasure cruise, I'm perfectly happy to take a broader angle to the wind, go faster, and make nearly as good of time as trying to point higher while heeling an extra 10 degrees.
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Re: girls and heels

It is interesting that 2 person racing dinghy fleets tend to have nearly 50% women sailors. Lido 14 fleets are an example. The women sailing in Lido 14s tend to be younger.

Also, the Harbor 20 fleets tend to have a high percentage of woman participants. I'd guess 50% women.

Most impressive is the high percentage of woman drivers in Harbor 20s. Between 20-30% of race skippers in Harbor 20s are women.
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Re: girls and heels

I don'y think you can use these classes as a good example of number of women who sail small racing dingys. the lido and the harbor boats are easier to sail bay boats with less strings which does appeal to more women. the faster new mono's and Cats are a bit much for many women sailors. these two classes are sailed by more women because these boats fit into the classification of Girl boats. fun to sail on occation but not really racing boats to many guys.
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