Asymmetric sailing by Andy Rice

By Andy Rice

Suppose the necessity for velocity with uneven crusing uneven sails have revolutionized the game of boating yet require a different set of abilities. you can now examine the secrets and techniques of having the main out of your boat - no matter if you sail an access point dinghy, excessive functionality skiff, sportsboat or catamaran.

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Dropping into a chute Standing over the halyard one foot either side, the crew releases the spinnaker halyard at the cleat and starts catching the rapidly falling gennaker by arm-over-arm dropping, pulling on SMOOTH RUN PAST THE FORESTAY If you find that the kite is particularly hard to get in because it’s bunching up on the forestay, remember that tip for putting a spacer knot between two of the kite patches. Also, if class rules permit, you might want to put a piece of plastic tubing on the lower few feet of the forestay to give the kite a smoother run.

But, if you’re fast, the crew can haul in on the windward kite sheet and, provided you get the clew of the gennaker past the forestay and on to the foredeck, you’re pretty much safe from there. Just keep on hauling the kite in around the forestay and stuffing it in the bag as you go. It’s not pretty, it feels risky, but it’s easier than it sounds. If you’ve got fast arms you won’t have a problem. In lighter winds, the bowman can sit to leeward and complete the rest of the gennaker tidying as the boat goes upwind.

Tie the boat down very securely to the shore – on its trolley or on some tyres – and anchor the boat side to side to the ground so that it’s firm enough that you can actually sit on board the boat and you can walk around it, and sit down from one gunnel to the other. If it’s a trapeze boat, you want to be able to trapeze off the side of it and you can work out a lot of your routines, your foot movements and your hand movements without having the added challenge of worrying about keeping the boat upright.

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