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    Posted: 10 Jul 12 at 12:05pm
I was watching a video of 2 of the 470 girls sailing, and noticed that the crew was unhooking on the wire going into tacks, with the skipper putting the helm down whilst the crew was still out. The tacks looked really good - but I wondered how easy this was in practice, what with sorting out the jib sheets and getting across to the new side, without completely stuffing it up. I'd be interested in any comments from anyone that successfully does this.
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Its a much faster way of getting in and out of the wire. Also known as wire to wire tacking.

Basically you hold on to the trapeze handle (arm straight as you will struggle to hold you own body weight with a bent arm after a good few hours racing, thrust your hips towards the sky which should unhook you. you still have your other hand on the jib sheet. Coming through the boat you grab the new jib sheet with you (previously forward hand) by the turning black/cleat and grab the other handle as you cross the boat with your new forward most hand. Step out onto the wife whilst holding the jib sheet, front arm straight holding onto the handle you will now be wiring without being clipped in. Once you have cleated the jib you can use your back hand to clip the hook on. Or if you are really slick the helm may help you.

Its how I crew from the wire and i am no sailing god or Olympian. But it makes things much quicker and less troublesome.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pondmonkey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 12 at 2:38pm
Originally posted by Ruscoe

Step out onto the wife whilst holding the jib sheet

that's the best autocorrect in a while  LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ruscoe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 12 at 2:52pm
ha ha i'm turning autocorrect off now its got me in so much trouble of late.

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The best thing from a helms perspective with the crew unhooking whilst still out on the wire is that you know for sure they aren't still attached when you bang in the tack. Nothing worse than when you think the Mrs has shouted 'Go' when infact she shouted 'No'. It's not fast with your crew dangling around to leeward.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 12 at 3:30pm
to be honest its not that difficult - most trapezing helms do it too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Oatsandbeans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 12 at 5:10pm
Thanks, I'll give it a go this weekend.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Oatsandbeans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 12 at 7:21am
I think that (mentally), I have sorted out the wire to wire tack, but what about the wire to wire gybe? Normally I come in, unhook, and sort out the new sheet (grab it and back it up), and then we gybe. In the wire to wire gybe do I have to do this sorting out on the wire?, or quickly when I get in the boat, or just not bother, and hope it doesn't all wrap up?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote winging it Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 12 at 9:28am
hmmm, a wire to wire gybe implies there's no spinny to be worried about....what sort of boat are you sailing?  
the same, but different...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote r2d2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 12 at 9:54am
maybe this clip will help  - have a look from 1:10 seconds onwards


all quite straightforward really  Wink

ooh sorry - just remembered you are thinking about a double hander


Edited by r2d2 - 11 Jul 12 at 9:59am
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