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So at the end of my lesson last night, I found out that we'll be getting tested soon, to be permitted to take out the school boats w/o an instructor herding us around. One of the qualifications of the test is using the proper technique when making a tack or jibe.
This school teaches the pass-behind method. This works great for me on the keelboats, but on the smaller 420s and Vanguard 15's (not to mention the Sunfish!) I have taken to making the transition facing the stern. I am 6' tall, weigh about 195 lbs, and between my size, the low boom, and the tiller extension, I just can't seem to tack cleanly with the "approved" method, something inevitably gets hung up.
Any advice on how to accomplish this? Also, why such a big deal? I have perused several sailing books, and it seems to be a 50/50 split on this technique.