Gybing in strong winds topic

Tim Wade posted this 22 December 2020

Since joining Lymington Town SC I have realised how difficult gybing is in strong winds. Please can anyone give some useful advice? Do some cleat the mainsheet? Adjust kicker from planing? Tiller extension? I have seen video of a hop across in medium winds. Thanks Tim

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Ian McDonald posted this 22 December 2020

I fall in on the days when conditions make me think I am going to fall in! Its the doubt and any delay that tips you in.

Watching the videos and getting one of the club hotshots to follow you around on a fresh but not howling day will solve 90%

And then we can both learn when David Greening joins this discussion!

Chris Brown posted this 22 December 2020

i let the kicker of a little .

as ian says if you think you will fall in you often do!

you need to get up as much speed as possible , even down a wave , and pull all main sheet from boom as hard as you can ,

if boat stops or slows down your main will load up and you will fall in so get the boat going again as fast as you can then go for it ,

practice is the key chris

David Greening posted this 31 December 2020

Chris has it pretty much covered.

My penny worth would be that knowing the optimal amount of kicker is key, so calibrate for repeatable settings. Letting some kicker off depowers the head of the sail. You either need to pick your moment on the run as Chris describes ... if it is windy I move the mainsheet stopper knot so that the boom is just off the shrouds, and I grab all of the mainsheet purchases to get the boom across.

Or reach to reach gybe which if depowered by letting the kicker off a bit should be survivable though is often inelegant.

The absolute key in my opinion is remaining in charge of the boat, and have a firm hand on the helm to ensure that you maintain a straight course after the gybe ... I think that this was covered by Eric Twiname in Start to Win ... next to the photo of a death rolling Albacore!

Also worth marking the centre plate, I have a standard downwind centreboard position that is rudder depth ... this will give you good straight line stability but without being overboarded.

It is worth experimenting with sailing by the lee even in a breeze, I am sure this helps maintain balance and directional stability ... you can sail exactly the same line regardless of which gybe you are on. It also gives you more opportunity to pick your spot to gybe since you will not be forced to gybe when you don’t want to.

Tim Wade posted this 01 January 2021

Thanks Ian,Chris and David. Really helpful advice. Happy New Year and great sailing forecast later in the season!

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