By Stuart Quarrie

Success in any yacht race relies to a wide measure at the skill of the staff to accomplish any boat-handling manoeuvre faultlessly and rapidly. This publication explains the evolution of virtually each state of affairs that's more likely to be encountered in the course of a race at sea. every one is gifted with an summary of the series that are meant to occur and its target, then the duty of every team member is defined for its instruction, operation and final touch. photos and illustrations make clear what are usually advanced situations.

The place of each group member, from bowman to helmsman, is tested and the world of accountability for every basically laid out. fascinating actual and psychological attributes are mentioned in addition to useful suggestion on advancements to technique.

Other chapters hide watch-keeping platforms, heavy climate, sail trim and set-up for racing. it's a publication written for both intercourse, at any age and at any point of expertise wishing to excellent the complexities of constructing and being a part of an offshore race-winning team.

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Another crew should be at the mast ready to pull down the luff of the mainsail and secure the reef tack over the horn at the goose-neck. Remember – when you start thinking about putting in a reef, that is the time to do it. Leave it too late, and the boat will become unstable and the task more difficult. 2 The main halyard is dropped cleanly to the position of the reef. Do not feed it, as that makes life difficult for the mast-man. The mainsheet is eased and kicking-strap released. When the reef tack is secure retension the main halyard.

Once the genoa has been gybed, you top the pole, square back the guy and away you go – no problem at all. The practice is not much more difficult but for the set to be a success you do need to be well prepared and there are a few common errors that need to be eliminated if the whole thing is not to end in tears. 1 . Preparation is more or less the same as for a bear away set. The differences are:- a) The spinnaker bag should be placed as far forward as possible to minimise interference with the genoa.

One crew member remains in the companionway ready to release the halyard of what will become the old sail. 2 The boat has tacked and the old sail is being lowered inside the smaller new sail which is now powering the boat. The sheet from the lowered sail will be re-attached to the new sail as a priority, and at the same time the windward fairlead should be moved accordingly. All that remains is for the bowman to clear the old sail from the foredeck and to bring its halyard back to the mast. Genoa Change – Straight Line – Inside Set When you have to change headsails and the windward groove is free but for some reason you are unable to tack, then you need to make a straight line, inside set type of change.

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