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Hi, I sail a Laser 2 and has anyone encountered a problem with steerage when tacking down a narrow channel on the way to the wide water? Its like the boat is out of control; I turn the rudder and the boat goes where it wants. Including right into the sea wall. Yet when on the wide water, the boat is extremely sensitive and responsive.
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Is there any current when this happens? How fast are you going through the water when the rudder is ineffective? Are your sails trimmed properly for the point of sail you are on?
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Thanks for your reply. I was on a very sheltered waterway with minimal current. Sails were trimmed. Wind was a bit churly, as it always is in Foster City.
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I would think that you would have some tidal current just off San Francisco Bay.
Having 'churly' or unpredictable winds would also make for tricky sailing.
I wonder if leaving your jib down until you get out in more open water would help?

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Re: Laser 2

When I used to sail my Hobie I found that I would pinch too much in a narrow channel. Especially if it was busy with recreational traffic since most of them will not give way. Pinching looked like I was going in the desired direction, but I made so much leeway and move moving so slowly through the water it would have been better to fall off and gain speed/control. When I finally figured that out I had much better luck getting through narrow channels. I also got some great practice tacking.
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