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10-10-2008 12:12 AM
Classic30 Either way, you'd have to be careful...

Presuming that the reason you're heaving to is because the weather is getting a little nasty and you want to stop, the basic problem is going to be avoiding getting broached when you round up. Under these conditions, not having to have someone go forward to free the jib sheets (that just wrapped themselves around the inner forestay) and haul it over the other side just prior to rounding up is possibly a good thing.

If that's the case, I'd think Alex's gybe method would be marginally safer.
10-09-2008 12:29 AM
tweitz That is one of the ways to be careful. On the other hand, if you were on a reach and using that method, you would not have been on a run until you began the process of heaving to.
10-08-2008 10:55 PM
chucklesR
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Captain Frank's method is slightly different from the one suggested in Giuletta's excellent video. The video suggests heaving to to leeward by essentially gybing the main and leaving the headsail sheeted on the windward side. Captain Frank suggests getting on a nearly dead run, leaving the main where it is and moving the headsail across while it is blanketed by the wind shadow of the main, and thus sheltered from the wind. Of course if not for the rudder movement this is simply how one would move to sailing wing on wing. My concern in Captain Frank's method, which sounds reasonable, is that one had better be very careful to avoid an accidental gybe. With that caveat, I think I will give it a try.
On a run single handed (his case) would you not already have a preventer rigged? I would.
10-08-2008 10:40 PM
tweitz Captain Frank's method is slightly different from the one suggested in Giuletta's excellent video. The video suggests heaving to to leeward by essentially gybing the main and leaving the headsail sheeted on the windward side. Captain Frank suggests getting on a nearly dead run, leaving the main where it is and moving the headsail across while it is blanketed by the wind shadow of the main, and thus sheltered from the wind. Of course if not for the rudder movement this is simply how one would move to sailing wing on wing. My concern in Captain Frank's method, which sounds reasonable, is that one had better be very careful to avoid an accidental gybe. With that caveat, I think I will give it a try.
10-08-2008 09:28 PM
CapnHand
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Originally Posted by anchorsaweigh View Post
How would I heave to?
Your situation is not totally hopeless. With 3 reefs, the bimini just might balance the sail. Your chances improve dramatically when there's no wind.
10-08-2008 12:17 AM
tenuki yes. now do it without using the rudder and I'll be impressed.
09-29-2008 11:14 PM
nolatom By blanketing the jib, you're making it easier to haul to windward. This may be a better way to commence a heave-to when it's windy and you're shorthanded. In light air, the tack without releasing the jib method will work just fine.

The mechanics of balance vary from boat to boat, and from sailplan to sailplan. If you like that method better, then do it that way.
09-29-2008 09:37 PM
jager I learned the same method years ago from a friend. A few of the J World Racing Instructors use the same for "teaching moments" and lunch breaks.

Jager
09-29-2008 09:33 PM
anchorsaweigh How would I heave to?

Cheers,

Bob
09-29-2008 09:18 PM
Giulietta go here..see the FIFTH VIDEO
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