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Post Options Post Options   Quote winging it Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Nov 10 at 9:41pm
Matt most people tack behind but gybe in front, for the reasons you describe.  The good guys seem to 'walk' round the mainsheet tower and under the boom in a way I have yet to master.  But you can gybe without going back, just make sure you keep hold of the tiller or you're doomed!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mattmd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Nov 10 at 9:45pm
Yes no worries, im quick round the boat so i did try quckly getting to the back and back up the front again.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamesd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Nov 10 at 11:11pm
i asked this question once. i thought i was sailing very well, but just needed a little pace in the really light stuff.
the answer i got from a very very good sailor was: "relax, bow down, slacken everything off, let the boat sail itself and NEVER EVER chase a dying breeze!" i did as i was told and made a massive difference. It sounds simple but alot of people get to tense, pull things too tight and lose concentration/temper.
As for the chasing dying breeze part, i looked at it as old man talk, but the more i thought about it the more it made sense.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kdruce Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Nov 10 at 9:13pm

I have noticed that contenders are unlikely to sail to their handicap in light winds so you may find you loose places if you are in a handicap race. However the other replies to your post are technically correct which will help your overall postion.

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