GAFiA Sailing Charters
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Belfast, Maine
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- I had a LOT of problems turning into the wind as opposed to falling off into a jibe. The boat would start to turn and then just stall and start to fall off again without ever making it through the turn. Is that normal under the higher wind conditions?
I HAVE FOUND THIS PROBLEM WHEN THE MAIN IS SHEETED IN TO MUCH ON THE CENTER LINE AND THE SAIL PLAN CENTER OF EFFORT IS AFT - CAN BE CORRECTED BY EASING THE MAIN SHEET OR ADDING MORE HEADSAIL-- NOT THE PERFECT CHOICE IN STRONGER WINDS- BUT AN OVER SHEET MAIN CAN CAUSE THIS EVEN IN LIGHT AIR--- THE OTHER CONSIDERATION IS THE BOAT'S FORWARD SPEED-- BOATS WITH FULLER KEELS NEED MORE SPEED TO TACK UP AND THRU THE WIND, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE OFF THE WIND BEFORE YOU START YOUR TACK.
- What speed wind is appropriate for sailing in general, and as a beginner? The numbers on a page meant nothing to me before yesterday - they mean a bit more now. Is that even considered high wind, 22-28? It sure felt high to me.
I THINK PRUDENCE IS IMPORTANT... MY MOTTO "IF YOU THOUGHT ABOUT IT..DO IT." IF YOU THINK IT'S GETTING WINDY - IT IS... IF YOU THOUGHT ABOUT REEFING.. YOU REEF... IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE IN A COMPROMISING SITUATION... YOU ARE.... LEARN TO LISTEN TO THAT INNER VOICE... NOTHING WORST THAN ASSUMING "OH THE WINDS PICKING UP A LITTLE, I THINK I CAN MAKE IT WITH OUT A REEF!!!" IF YOU MADE THE THOUGHT TAKE THE TIME AND REEF...
- I know looking back I should have reefed the sail, or maybe lowered it entirely and just used the jib. Is there an order of preference for cutting down on sail size, ie. reefing the main, lowering it completely, lowering/furling the jib?
FOR ME THIS DEPENDS ON SAILING POINT-- IF I AM OFF THE WIND (ANY REACHING ANGLE)AND THE WIND IS GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE, I'LL WILL OFTEN DROP THE MAIN AND GO UNDER JIB ALONE. THIS MAKES JIBBING EASIER AND AS LONG AS THE BOAT CAN BE MOVED AT HULL-SPEED - I FIND THIS A MUCH BETTER RIDE... IF I AM GOING TO WINDWARD AND THE DAY IS TO BE LONG (SEVERAL HOURS) WITH TEH POSSIBILITY OF HEADING HIGHER OR WINDS GETTING STRONGER - I SKIP THE 1ST REEF AND GO TO THE DEEPER 2ND REEF.... THEN I USE THE HEADSAIL SIZE TO BALANCE THE SAIL PLAN...
- In the higher wind conditions, any tips on how to get the sails down easily? Does the main always come down first, or did I do it backwards?
MAIN ALWAYS FIRST.... UNLESS RUNNING.. THEN THE JIB IS USELESS ANYWAY... THEN I USUALLY ROUND UP INTO THE WIND AWAY FROM THE JIBE AND IF I HAVE A HELMSMAN OR LIGHTER WINDS TIGHTEN THE TOPPING LIFT AND QUICKLY DROP THE MAIN... I ALWAYS HAVE THE ENGINE RUNNING AND OUT OF GEAR--- READY TO GO-- NOTHING MORE GUT WRENCHING THAN TO DROP ALL THE SAILS AND HAVE THE ENGINE GO (CLICK!) == ANOTHER IDEA-- I ALWAYS HAVE MY ANCHOR READY TO DROP WITH A 5-SECOND NOTICE- IF NEEDED I CUT ONE LINE AND IT'S READY TO DROP INTO THE WATER...
In any case, I have mixed feelings about it all today. I figure that I'll probably not see that kind of wind again soon, so I'm glad for the experience. No one fell overboard and the boat didn't sink, so I suppose it's a success, but it sure felt hairy there for a bit.
EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER-- I LOVE TO SAIL IN HIGHER WINDS AND CAN USUALLY SAIL UP TO ABOUT 35KTS-- THE KEY IS TO KEEP THE BOAT'S SAIL PLAN UNDER CONTROL AND BALANCED FOR WHATEVER WIND CONDITIONS THE DAY BRINGS... TIS BETTER TO PLAY IN THE WIND AND UNDERSTAND YOUR BOAT THEN TO DISCOVER IT WHEN MURPHY DECIDES TO AWAKEN.... D
I sail! Therefore I
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