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View Poll Results: Do you gybe?
Only when racing 0 0%
regularly 131 97.76%
never 1 0.75%
it has happend only by accident 2 1.49%
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If the wind dictates it. I also had a good instructor show me how. Have had one accidental though......
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Don,t realy like the chicken jibe in the short heavy sea,s we get in the shallow
costal areas here on the East coast of Ireland in an East wind.
I like to reef down till I feel in control, roller boom is handy here, and bring her through on a tight main sheet.
With the Genoa rolled up to balance it comes across easy enough.
Dont like a dead run unless the wind is fairly light and the seas are settled.
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Regularly, the trick is to first learn how to do it properly. Then do it all the time until it becomes as natural as tacking. Once you become used to it you will be able to tell either when it is about to happen or better yet, control exactly when it does...ar
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Yes, we will sometimes do a "chicken gybe" or tack if that seems the most prudent course of action given the conditions, racing or cruising.

Kind of the opposite of "wearing ship."

(The old square-riggers just couldn't get their bow through the wind to tack, so they would gybe the whole ship around from one closed-hauled course to the other -- "wearing ship.")

How's this for a challenge: gybe a symmetrical spinnaker single-handed (yes, you can use your autopilot). I'm not sure I could have done it with my old dip-pole set-up (although we would do that double-handed), but after switching to a carbon pole with jaws for end-for-ending it is do-able.
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I use a boom break to control the jibe. I'm not racing so speed isn't a factor. We bring the main in, jibe the headsail, then the main. In very heavy wind and large seas, we will also partially furl the headsail to aid in controlling the boat through the jibe.
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Having jibed countless times while racing I am not shy about doing it cruising, even though there is much less crew aboard (and often not much in the way of crew experience). I tried doing the sheets a few times but find that the most important job in a jibe is steering, so that's where I am usually in a jibe in any kind of significant weather. Strap the main in as far as possible, jibe the jib, then flip the boat and ease the main and take up the preventer on the other side. A bit more of chore if singlehanding but not too bad if the Autopilot is working well.
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I am very impressed with this guy:



I have done a single-handed gybe in much lighter conditions than this. I end-for-end the spinnaker pole, but I keep the main under control the same way this guy does. I never leave the mainsheet all the way out and just let the boom swing across.
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am I being pickey or did he come back down the dangerous side of the main!
Still very neat.
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am I being pickey or did he come back down the dangerous side of the main!
Didn't notice, rather I noticed that he's not clipped in with a tether to any jacklines.

edit: I also notice that he has control lines for the mast car led aft, so he can manage both the topper and the butt to dip the pole from the cockpit before going forward to switch the guys. Nice!
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You mean you don't have to gybe???

I spent all last summer ducking an angry boom, twisting up the sheets tripping over the CB trunk, reaching for the tiller for NOTHING?

Just kidding of course, but why would you NOT gybe? What is the alternative? I admit, the thought makes me nervous as I contemplate getting a bigger boat soon.
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