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Re: Easing the Mainsheet
Jeeze guys sail twist!!!.
How about explaining how to do a letterbox take down rounding the mark with an asym?
He just started sailing. At least he called himself a rookie in another post.
He didn't even have his jib up.
Let me make this simple for you firstc.
You only need three mainsail positions:
1. Pull it in until the boom is over the back corner of the boat
(That's for when the wind is ahead of you)
2. Let it all the way out until the top of the sail is starting to lay against the spreaders
(That's for when the wind is behind you)
3. Let it out about half way or less
(That's for when the wind is a right angles to the boat)
The boat will sail much better with the jib up. It is very noticeable in light air.
The jib directs air over the main to make it work better.
Try to get your tell tails flowing smoothly except for a break once in a while for the top one.
Try to make your turns smooth.
Work on your commands and communication.
Do what you have to do to make the controls you do need (main-sheet, halyard etc) work smoothly.
You should be able to single handed do a starboard or port 360 and a figure eight and be rather smooth about it.
I would think being able to sail the boat and have a good feel and control is more important than the advanced control features. It least that is my opinion.
Keep the traveler centered you don't need it until you have the basics mastered. Lot's of boats don't even have them.
That's all you need to know for now.
Practice sailing in circles and figure eights.
All the advice the guys are telling you is good advise but you have to develop a feel before you will benefit from adjusting the traveler, boom Vang, Cunningham, halyard tension, leech tension, shroud tension etc.
If you are way past the above and I misread your experience please ignore this post and ask the racers about all the fine tuning controls.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.
Last edited by davidpm; 08-26-2013 at 04:55 PM.