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Harris, I don't know your boat either, but one of the ways to complete a successful tack is to get sufficient boatspeed on. If close-hauled, ease sheets and main a bit to get to a reach, a reach usually being the point of sail of maximum boat speed. Then, smoothly make your tack, and don't oversteer. A little past the head to wind point, start bringing the tiller back to center as momentum will carry you to your desired reaching point of sail, approximately 90 degrees opposite where you started. As you haul in the jib, feather the tiller back a bit until you are close-hauled (if that's what you want).
Basically, I am saying to go from close-hauled port to close-hauled starboard, ease out to reaching port and tack to reaching starboard, and then steer "up" as you haul in the new jib sheet. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but as a general rule you want to keep boat speed high prior to a tack, because rudder movements will kill speed just like throwing a pail off the stern...you want to minimize drag.
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