I was thinking about this while reading the 'by the lee technique' thread, and figured I'd ask in a new thread instead of hijacking. So, According to the behavior of the hull during rudderless sailing, the boat will head up when heeling to leeward, and will bear off when heeled to windward. With this in mind, the best way to carry the most speed through a tack (by my logic) would be to: 1. Let the boat heel to leeward by moving body weight towards the centerline. 2. Let the tiller find its way to leeward as the boat heads up, as in my mind, resisting the natural tendency of the rudder will act as a brake. 3. Boat comes through the eye of the wind, level with rudder still where it wanted to be at the start of the turn, and still rotating towards the new tack. 4. Sail begins to catch wind on new tack, and begins to heel to the new leeward. Let the rudder move freely to neutral position and hold it there. 5. Now climb up the hull, under the boom to the new windward side. 6. Let your body's weight level the boat, pumping the sail in the process, and accelerate out of the tack. Am I out to lunch with my rationale? I've watched roll tacking on youtube clips ( for example) and it seems that the boat is heeled to windward (making the hull want to bear off) while the rudder is pushed to leeward (making the hull want to head up). To me these motions at the same time act like an 'e-brake' as was described in the 'by the lee' thread, and the boat will not carry as much speed through the tack. What do you all think?