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    Posted: 15 Sep 13 at 7:40pm
Someone at my club commented today that he's generally much better at gybing from starboard to port than port to starboard in a serious breeze, and I it made me realise that I'm actually better at tacking and gybing the Canoe from starboard to port rather than vice versa. In my case at least its running round the boat and getting into position that's the issue much more than hands.
Is this unusual? Are there any special coaching tricks other than get out there and practise?
I suppose, thinking about it, isn't sailing quite unusual in requiring the competitor to be almost completely ambidextrous?
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It's just wether your goofy or regular and having to work on your other side..
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I guess your foot placement and movement is just better going one way. Kind of like skiing really, I turn much better one way than the other.
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I recently noticed the same during a race on a figure of 8 course with two gybe marks.
By the 3rd lap I had worked out that I was changing hands at a different times going from port to stbd  when compared to the other way around.
Now I just have to re-train my stbd to port hand sequence (easier said than done).



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Originally posted by JimC

Someone at my club commented today that he's generally much better at gybing from starboard to port than port to starboard in a serious breeze, and I it made me realise that I'm actually better at tacking and gybing the Canoe from starboard to port rather than vice versa. In my case at least its running round the boat and getting into position that's the issue much more than hands.
Is this unusual? Are there any special coaching tricks other than get out there and practise?
I suppose, thinking about it, isn't sailing quite unusual in requiring the competitor to be almost completely ambidextrous?


Same here, I'm always quicker when steering with my left hand (I'm right handed).
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I'm sure there are differences, but I've never noticed being less kack handed on one side or the other - I can fall in on the gybes on either side.

I did know a very good sailor who somehow never swapped hands at all. He'd been sailing since he was a child in Enterprises, and when he bought an Iso had to re-learn how to sail completely.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote transient Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 13 at 10:43am
Played squash for many years and now my right shoulder and arm are significantly more developed (that's my excuse anyway Wink). My sheeting when windy is much better on s/board.
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Nope, here's the test..

Stand feet together, then lean back until your forced to step back.

You'll end up left foot forward which will mean you're Port tack favoured, or right foot forward (goofy) and the opposite applies, everyone is handed one way or the other and it doesn't necessarily follow which hand you write with.
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Port tack - windsurf, snowboard and dinghy (and skate way back when...)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote craiggo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 13 at 7:51pm
I always find tacking from stbd to port much easier on the 700 but oddly it's the other way around in the graduate. I suspect the difference is one is centre main and the other is transom main. That said in lighter winds I can nail it on both tacks, it only becomes a slight issue when the breeze is on.
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