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07-20-2013 10:33 PM
XDLaser
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

probably came out of the tack a little too low, also you need to switch sides at just the right time especially on a jibe, when you tack put your back foot over the hiking strap, then when you switch sides the back foot becomes the front foot under the strap (without even thinking)

if you tack and the boat starts tipping over, ease the sheet out, flatten the boat then sheet the main back in

on a jibe, don't ease the sheet too much (or when sailing downwind), it will tip the boat to windward, also if it's blowing over 10kts, don't turn the boat too much, if you come out on a beam reach it's likely you'll go for a swim, so oversheet the main turn the boat down to initiate the gybe, come out of the gybe on the new tack low and then head up if need be
07-17-2013 11:54 PM
Gary M
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

I spent a week once in a resort in Jamaica sailing a Sunfish every day. What a blast. East wind really picked up every day about noon. I would go out and beat into it between the shore and reef then turn and run back. If it was really honking every gybe I did ended up in a pitch pole. Great way to spend an afternoon.
07-17-2013 11:28 PM
CalebD
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

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Originally Posted by domromer View Post
We had a decent wind here today at 15-20 mph. ...
Also I keep thinking the boom is going to take my head off. Is there a trick for getting the boom a little higher?
15-20 is right about when sailing a Sunfish starts getting fun. In winds like that a Sunfish can get up on a plane on a broad reach. Fun, fast and easy to tip over if you don't manage your weight on the boat to match your turns or tacks.

Regarding the low boom, it is pretty low. Mostly you have to get used to it. You can alter slightly where the halyard attaches to the top "boom" which alters the angles of the booms.

Just finished 3 weeks of volunteering with a teen sailing program that uses Sunfish and this is my 4th year doing so.
07-17-2013 11:09 PM
SHNOOL
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

Yeah probably too much wind for the sunfish (to start).
07-17-2013 10:51 PM
jak3b
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

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Originally Posted by domromer View Post
I probably only tacked and jibed 4 times in that hour. Two of which ended with me in the water. I sailed the sunfish before In light winds with no issues. More practice I guess. At least falling into 85f water is nice.
Thats what they were designed for,fun wet sailing in warm water.
07-17-2013 10:48 PM
domromer
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

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Originally Posted by jak3b View Post
You only flipped twice on a sunfish in 15 to 20 knot winds?.Your doing very well:-)
I probably only tacked and jibed 4 times in that hour. Two of which ended with me in the water. I sailed the sunfish before In light winds with no issues. More practice I guess. At least falling into 85f water is nice.
07-17-2013 10:34 PM
jak3b
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

You only flipped twice on a sunfish in 15 to 20 knot winds?.Your doing very well:-)
07-17-2013 09:38 PM
domromer
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

I'll keep at it. I enjoy the cat because it's easy to sail and comfortable. But I think what I like about the sunfish is the quick handling.

Any tips on avoiding the boom? Can I sit in the cockpit with my legs out? I've had some neck and back issues in the past so I'm not the fastest at ducking.
07-17-2013 09:33 PM
Lou452
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

They are made to flip just get back in and try some more tacks you will get faster. stay up forward and shift your weight faster. You do not need to cleat a sunfish you can play the wind better just holding the sheet. One last thing tie the mast to the boat so if you do turtle it will not go for the bottom :-)
Have Fun , Lou
07-17-2013 09:18 PM
flo617
Re: Flipped a sunfish twice today...what was I doing wrong.

Dinghies like these are very light and unstable. You have to immediately counter the shift in the force of the wind with your weight.

That means you probably need to switch side and hike out faster.


Or be gentler when you tack and be easier on the sheet.
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