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 Post subject: Tacking in strong winds....top tips, please
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:36 pm 
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Hi all

Spent a frustrating & wet morning racing in Portland Harbour this morning, Fc 5, and just unable to tack consistently.

What are your top tips...?

My boat (Nethercott IC) seemed to twitch badly as I tried to go through the wind. The rig was raked back.
I tried:
- Backing the jib
- Bringing the seat in only half way across then fully across as I go through the tack
- Letting off loads of kicker
- putting some cunningham on
- finding flatter areas to tack in, although by the time I had set up for the tack, had normally gone beyond the flatter area
But still the same shambles... :(

Any advice welcome (as long as its not contradictory!)

Thanks

Hugh

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 Post subject: Re: Tacking in strong winds....top tips, please
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:57 pm 
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John Ellis gave me the advice of lots of Cunningham. You need a flat sail so it does not power up to quickly and / or the luff flog. Whatever the reason it changed my sailing overnight.

You very lucky ......... to be out, up here North the only sailing is in my mind as I tinker with my IC in preparation for next season.

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 Post subject: Re: Tacking in strong winds....top tips, please
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:00 pm 
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HughdeIongh wrote:
Spent a frustrating & wet morning racing in Portland Harbour this morning, Fc 5, and just unable to tack consistently.

If its any consolation I've just been looking at a GPS trace from today which includes several seconds of the boat travelling in reverse at about 1.5 knots...


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 Post subject: Re: Tacking in strong winds....top tips, please
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:09 pm 
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Hugh,

Did you have any board up and what was jib slot like. I find lifting board and opening slot softens the tack
and provides more time to complete taking the twitchiness out of the tack. A combination of rake, board and jib slot may be too much and I would tend to opt for rake last but then I am heavier. I think primarily lifting the board the right amount would be a good start
point and then the jib. Goodluck! Steve AC310


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 Post subject: Re: Tacking in strong winds....top tips, please
PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:11 am 
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Hi Hugh
As recomeneded by others, a flat main sail, lots of cunningham and a small amount of kicker, then the other tip is to make sure you steer through the tack, its very easy to center the tiller half way through so you need to make sure you are still steering untill the jib is pulling.

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 Post subject: Re: Tacking in strong winds....top tips, please
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:05 pm 
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I would add to the discussion:
Max cunningham, little kicker, do not be in a hurry to push the seat out on to the new tack as if it touches the water on the new side it will kill / stop the boat, finally, sheet jib in on new tack asap or back jib on old tack and DO NOT be to fast on sheeting in the main.

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 Post subject: Re: Tacking in strong winds....top tips, please
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:17 pm 
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All advice given so far makes perfect sense to me,apart from the bit about little kicker.
One of my best recent discoveries in the last few months has been not being afraid to use lots of kicker in stronger breezes to make the sail flat AND untwisted.The main then becomes like a flat board and this has made the boat more docile and easier to control.
Is the advice then,to ease the kicker before the strong breeze tack and then to reapply it once successfully through and powering up with the jib quickly
sheeted and easing in on the main? Thankyou.


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 Post subject: Re: Tacking in strong winds....top tips, please
PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:49 am 
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Agree with Steve B that the biggest single thing is to raise the dagger-board in windy conditions. Just raise it about 4 inches, then forget about it.

Next thing is to ease out the barber-haulers to open the slot. I also ease out my (self-tacking) jib a couple of inches going into a tack.

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