What would be a good drill for the total non-sailor who might have to come get US? My family sails with me maybe three times a year if I'm lucky, so getting them drilled on boat handling enough to come after me under sail is out of the question.
However, I could teach them how to turn into the wind, dump all the sails and start the engine and come get me -- that's simple enough for anyone, I'd say. But thinking about it brings up the scenario of having to turn the boat through the wind in such a way that even luffing sails could catch the wind and crash gybe, or other such unpleasantries.
So, what would be a good under-engine drill to practice for the lubbers on board? Let go the sheets, come into the wind, drop the main and jib as quick'n'dirty as possible, then come to the MOB under power? I have a downhaul on my jib, so at least no one would have to go further forward than the mast to release the halyards, but the main makes a frightful clutter when dropped in an uncontrolled manner, and might get in the way enough to cause a real problem steering the boat.
Obviously having all lines led to the cockpit for quick halyard release, lazy jacks and a downhaul on the jib would make life a lot easier, but without those things, what would be a good procedure?
S/V Free Spirit
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