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Tortuga, it's a common problem in all small sailing dinghys, but being tall is an advantage because you can hike out further.. What you need to do is:
at the dock, and only then
do it on the water.
There are plenty of books on the subject - "Sailing For Dummies" is one.
If you're the skipper, tacking requires swapping your tiller and mainsheet hands and turning to face the back
of the boat during a tack, whilst ducking under the boom. It's hard to describe without pictures or someone showing you, but it is
possible and you'll get used to it in time!
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"