Pictorial Pearls of Wisdom
from the Warm Water Regatta
a potpourri of educational items suggested by the photos
|...As they near the leeward
mark (hidden here) they will get to obey rule 21: keep clear of
|Question: If the W and the
Laser were on a collision course, who
would have to keep clear? Answer: Both boats are on starboard, so it'll
be a case of windward-leeward. And when a running boat meets one that
is closehauled on the same tack, the closehauled boat always works out
to be leeward. So ... Mike in the W would be the burdened boat here.
|Note Mike sitting aft here
as the boat nears planing speed. This gets the bow up, a much less
capsize-prone way to sail, since the pointy bow can't dig in which in
turn makes the boat far easier to keep under the control of the rudder.
|A thing of beauty! Note how
Dwight has straightened his rudder to briefly keep the boat sailing
straight downwind until the main completes its gybe - the proverbial
S-gybe, perfectly executed!
|...Note how, as the boom
to come across, Scott is steering as if to abort the gybe
|... comes out of a tough
gybe steering a straight course and under full control.
When was the last time you saw this this approach to a gybe in a Wayfarer - pulling the mainsheet in to help the boom gybe??? Just the way they tell you to do it in the manuals. Most of us helms in W's are too lazy to do it that way, though. It's easier (and safer!!!) to get the crew to grab the vang and wing the main across once the pressure on it begins to ease. This allows the helm to concentrate on his steering which in this stuff is a full-time job!
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