Join Date: May 2012
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centerboard day sailer: raising/lowering sails in stronger winds
I agree with kriskross - to clarify - rig with bow to wind, sheets loose. When you push off, sheet in (you should still be in irons) tight, then either back wind the jib or hold the boom out a bit, the boat will turn and then you're sailing. If you don't sheet in tight b4 this, a wild gybe is possible, which is no way to start your day.
4 miles? That's a long way even with a motor, even for a larger boat with an inboard. I might consider a different launch or body of water.