Join Date: Nov 2007
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Everyone has mentioned that the sheets go ahead of the forestay but have failed to point out that there are two ways to do that. One way is between the sail and the forestay and the other way is ahead of the sail. Putting the sheet between the sail and the forestay pulls the sail through the gap on a gybe. That is normally the lighter winds setup. Putting the sheet ahead of the sail is the heavy air (and more experienced sailor) setup. That allows the sail to completely invert ahead of the boat. The danger is you can run over your own sheet. Try it through the gap for the first few sets.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217
Last edited by Plumper; 05-21-2008 at 06:53 PM.