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- how to rig sails--watch others do it, then imitate
- optimal ways to reef- best way is just *before* the wind really pipes up
- single line versus other options--whatever's on the boat. With jiffy reefing, whether one line and a hook, or 2 lines, pretty simple if you have a decent helmsman while you're doing it.
- how best to set a spinnaker--in less than 10 knots, and in the blanket of the main and jib. that way it fills *after* it's up, not before.
- how to set a drifter--in less than 8 knots. big jib really, hard to mess up
- which sail to reef first - main or jib----main
- how to heave to--tack and don't release the old jibsheet. tie the tiller halfway to leeward, set the mainsheet for close-reach, then tweak latter 2 til she holds a very slow, slightly wobbling course
No, get the book. The ASA basic book is okay. so are a number of on-line tutorials. I've heard good things about "the complete sailor".
I was just trying to show, in an admittedly smartassy way, that sailing is in reality pretty simple. I understand you're looking for more detailed info but the principles themselves are simple.
Good luck and good sailing.
Last edited by nolatom; 05-19-2011 at 12:08 PM.