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Re: Broad reach close reach COB procedure
Last Sunday had another class with 5 people. So we did the MOB drill 6 times and were successful every time.
The wind was a little more than we had in prior classes. Not bad by any means probably 10-15.
We tried a few variations because we had students and they sometimes didn't react perfectly. We tried broad reaching a little longer, or shorter and quicker and slower.
The only thing I made sure happen was that they turned the helm hard to windward after the tack as the jib backwinded tended to blow the bow down.
The only modification I made due the increased wind was to throw off the main sheet when we were about 10 feet from the MOB to kill boat speed.
We had a spotter of course, but I was pleased to note that while I was watching the boat and helmsman after the tack the MOB was always dead ahead within about 30 degrees and only 2 to 4 boat lengths so pretty easy to find. However, I will put some reflective tape on my pole in the future just to be safe.
If anyone else wants to try this out and report back to this thread with your results and type of boat and conditions I would appreciate it.
I only know how to do this from close hauled so will do more testing from other points of sail.
2. Fall off to broad reach for about 2 to 3 boat lengths (do not change sail trim)
3. Tack, Do not release the jib (Yes you will be tacking about 150 degrees.
4. As soon as the jib becomes back winded turn the wheel hard over to windward
5. Sail to your MOB while close-hauled
You will be going very slowly and no one has touched a sheet during the whole maneuver so far.
You have to steer upwind of your mark several yards. The bow wants to get blown down.
Keep your MOB downwind from you.
Depending on the speed of the boat you may want to throw off the mainsheet to slow down.
Once you are within about 5 to 10 feet from the MOB and about 10 to 15 feet upwind you can steer downwind to bring him alongside.
Try it please and let me know how it goes.
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Last edited by davidpm; 10-02-2015 at 08:39 PM.