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thisiswater 07-29-2011 11:29 AM

Sitting on/Leaning/Pushing Boom - IOD Race
Hi everyone! I had the pleasure of crewing on an IOD yesterday. I'm a newbie so be patient with me. When downwind, the skipper had me "sit" on the boom, putting all my weight into it. Is this a common practice? What does it do? I saw others in the same class, some had crew doing this, others not. More to say about these boats in other posts!

mikehoyt 08-02-2011 10:17 AM

It holds the boom in place esp in light wind.

nolatom 08-02-2011 10:28 AM

and also keeps the mainsheet from dragging in the water, which is slow and involuntarily 'trims' the main when you don't want it.

If it's heavy air and he wants you to 'sit' on the boom, then you're a "human boom vang assist". In light air you should be pushing just out, not down, since the latter can affect sail shape.

Maybe they just like your looks up there? ;-)

thisiswater 08-02-2011 05:55 PM

haha re: like your looks ... sounds like the sailing anarchy board! :) :cool:

I've figured this all out, I think. It wasn't the greatest sail on reflection - skipper was a screamer. I'm happy to learn and follow directions and become loyal crew, but not in exchange for yelling ... oh, well, thank goodness I live among a LOT of shorthanded boat owners. Thanks everyone! :)

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