Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pulling Over

I was out practicing gybes recently and doing them rather badly, catching the transom too often and even lassoing the boom a couple of times with a half hitch.   I tried to break the gybe down into steps I  had learned and methodically do them right.  But somehow the mainsheet kept ending up in places it had no business being. I was sure I was sheeting it in at the right time - just as the wind starts to push the clew over. I was holding the sheet near the block and raising my hand quickly - but it didn't seem to be enough, so I tried a couple of other things. First, I tried what one of my Australian friends had suggested - hooking the sheet near the boom with a finger as it comes over, drawing it down to take out the slack.  But that wasn't very satisfactory. Then I thought maybe I was being a bit timid in raising my hand sufficiently - worrying about the boom coming over and not taking out enough slack. So I tried pulling sideways instead of up and it worked quite well. I was able to pull without thinking of where the boom was and also by pulling to the side I was not interfering with crossing over.

So, for now, I will be be making lateral moves and pulling over.

1 comment:

  1. It's been so long I can't recall what the solution was, but I did have it down pat. I think I learned exactly what time to jerk the slack out of the sheet so that I did not drag low over the transom.

    Hope you learn the trick in 2013!


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