Hello all,My name is George, new to the forum,and only been sailing [email protected] 6 months.(Question)..Is severe wrist pain a part of sailing ? Ive been practicing @ 3 days a week and my left wrist has locked up and become swollen to the point of not being able to move it, or my fingers.Hope it will pass soon....thx George.
As they say: “The next best thing to sailing boats is talking about sailing boats”.
George, do you recall the diameter of your jib sheets and the size of your winches? (It will be stamped on the top if it is a Lewmar.) It has been my experience that a line, properly sized for the winch, will loop around it four times max. A thicker line could have one less loop and still provide the same “grip” after you pull some tension in the tail. If you are only using one or two loops then your hand is acting as the brake and not the winch. Winches work on friction. The more loops, the more line in contact with the winch drum = more friction = more stopping power.