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Yes I'd like to make my gybes and tacks more consistent.  Somedays I can gybe in a force 6 and get it right every time and other days I'm rubbish even in a 4.  My boat is Laser 4000 so if I get it wrong there is no chance to muscule out of it - its either right or you are swimming.

I suspect one of my weaknesses is where to focus my attention.  Should I be looking out of the boat, or watching the crew or making sure I don't trip over something?

I'll be interested in what you have say and then maybe come back on tacking - for which I think I have some comments to contribute.

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Dear Mark,

When rounding the leeward mark in a trapeze boat you want the going going hard close hauled as you pass the mark - should I nip in off the wire so I can cut close or go a bit wider and keep full speed on ... or does it just depend on the position of boats around me?

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Dear Mark, I think you've got enough questions on your plate already so i'll save my question(s) for later........!!
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For bearing away or gybing  when the breeze is up can I recommend Steve Cockerill's Boat Whisperer DVD "Downwind" - when he explains how the rudder movement lifts or buries the bow and how can you do a rudder induced gybe or not (definitely better not too!) you sit there thinking "I know this happens to me.." the solutions are there, but they aren't always obvious

Love the idea of some exercises to practice, it's the big difference between coached sailing and learning as you go along - how to make your practice time (always limited for us non pro's) really count

.... in fact an article devoted entirely to good training moves and how to plan training would be great; starting, mark roundings, tacking & gybing drills - all very handy indeed
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Thanks for the questions: keep them coming. I will try to incorporate as
much as possible into the next y and y feature. But if I leave anything out I
will do my best to reply here.
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Thanks for the questions: keep them coming. I will try to incorporate as
much as possible into the next y and y feature. But if I leave anything out I
will do my best to reply here.
Mark
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 07 at 12:57pm
Thanks very much to all for your q's and I hope that you'll find some food for
thought in the next issue of Y and Y. Next subject: making the most of the
finish line..
Mark
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