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06-02-2011 07:23 AM
imagine2frolic The marina I stayed in was in the east bay. I would sail to the Golden Gate, and gybe all the way back. One gybe after another singlehanded with the wind averaging 25 knots in summer. I figured if I could do it naturaully when it was needed I wouldn't bring the mast down.......i2f
06-01-2011 07:16 PM
heyross The best hint - gybing successfully is about apparent wind speed.

My hull speed is just over 7 knots. If there is 25 knot wind there is 18 knots of apparent breeze blowing in my spinnaker. If I can catch a wave and increase my boat speed to 11 knots I now have 14 knots of wind pressure in my sail. (3 knots makes a BIG difference).

NOW is the time to gybe. The best time to gybe in a blow is when you are traveling fastest (less apparent breeze in the sails).

In a blow, you travel fastest surfing down a wave. The helmsman must almost sail by the lea. We gybe the kite first using the main as a bit of a wind buffer ever decreasing the wind in the spinnaker. Once the spinnaker is set, pull the tiller across. As the boom starts its gybe quickly move the tiller back. This keeps the boat under the sails. From the air, the boat looks as if it has made a small "S". Now trim the gear.

Initially it goes against all your feelings of self preservation and the belief that the slower you go the safer you are. Also if you are only surfing for 30 seconds or so, both you fore deck and **** pit crew ans skipper have to know what they are doing and be coordinated!
05-26-2011 07:00 PM
blackjenner Gybe? Yes. I have surprised other sailors sometimes because I *choose* to gybe when they will not. They seem afraid of it but, like anything else, once you understand what is going on and master the basics, it's not as risky as people think.

Then again, I ride motorcycles in the rain too.
05-26-2011 01:28 PM
Originally Posted by ahab211 View Post
last year had an Accidental gybe take my hat off and nearly, my head as well!
One and only advantage of being a midget, you can keep your head.
05-26-2011 01:26 PM
Originally Posted by QuickMick View Post
Do you gybe?
This question reminds me of another question: Do you speed?

Yes, regularly and sometime by accident.... hahahaha
05-26-2011 12:38 PM
ahab211 I gybe to maintain direction or get better speed. I, also singlehand regularly and last year had an Accidental gybe take my hat off and nearly, my head as well! Sailing can be a sport of inches.
05-13-2011 06:45 PM
blt2ski We gybed an AS the other night, not sure how long it took us, but we did go slow, blowing in the 18-25 range.

Interesting the pole results, all but one say gybe regularly! I guess I better add my vote to try and make it over 98 or 99% or where ever it were! Oh yeah, that one, probably was trying to skew the results, of only by accident.....hmmmmmm.........

05-13-2011 09:19 AM
Silvio I single handed gybe regularly when I need to. Always try to go slow and controlled, center the boom along the way and ease it once the gennoa is across and situated.

The single handed video was nicely done, I wonder what the dark colored lumpy stuff is he is now headed towards?
05-13-2011 07:33 AM
Originally Posted by AdamLein View Post
And if it doesn't stop there?
I have done it solo sailing with +30k wind but I have a trick. As I had the controls from the main sail away from the wheel (over the cabin) I used a permanently rigged line (one for each side) that catches the boom at the middle and is brought back to the cleat near the wheel. With that line I can make sure the boom stops at the middle and only than I let the line go slowly till the boom reaches the final position, a bit like it is done on that racing boat. I don't touch on the boom line over the cockpit till I have adjusted the front sail. Than I only have to adjust the traveler.

It will not take much more time than on that racing boat. Well, 3 or for times slower but they were really fast


05-13-2011 06:15 AM
Minnewaska Just saw the vid for the singlehanded spinn gybe. Very cool. Never want to try it!

As for the mate and I gybing our sloop, we do it regularly without giving it a second thought. Sheet the main in and gybe-ho....... Not a big deal, but our boom is 7 or 8 feet above the main cockpit. No ducking.
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