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Re: Broad reach close reach COB procedure
[QUOTE=sailingfool;3030129 The issue is, the boat will not heave-to when the jib is trimmed for a broad reach..[/QUOTE]
This actually brings up something I learned from my wife a month or so ago. She has been sailing with varying levels of understanding for years.
She just had an epiphany where she figured out that the points of sail, Close hauled, close reach, beam reach etc were defined by how the apparent wind was flowing over the boat and not by how the sails were set.
IOW if the wind is comming directly over the starboard beam you are on a starboard beam reach even if your sails are pulled in tight for close hauled. You are still on a beam reach just not trimmed correctly.
This works out perfectly in the exercise above because while we fall to a broad reach we leave our sails trimmed for close hauled. That does all kinds of good thing. Slows the boat down. Eliminates the need to pay attention to the sails twice and makes the whole process very simple.
This almost makes some sense because the books always show the sails trimmed properly as if that was part of the definition, which of course it is not.
In a sense she was taking the illustrations to literally and that was messing her up.
Another definition thing is the idea that a tack doesn't have to be 90 degrees, close hauled to close hauled even thought that is how we typically teach it.
A tack is still a tack if it from beam reach to to beam reach or from broad reach to close hauled which might be closer to 180 degrees.
It seems to help people to have a clearer definition of what the terms mean rather than their overly specific definition.
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Last edited by davidpm; 09-16-2015 at 04:37 PM.