Trouble Tacking

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by drjay44, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. signal charlie

    signal charlie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Another useful trick is the "chicken gybe." If you are on a run and you need to gybe, but the wind is to strong, you can turn the other way and tack 270 degrees around to your new tack.
     
  2. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Gybing made more sense in the days when you'd hollar, "...come about".

    Square-riggers would "...wear-about".

    In short, when tacking, keep up your speed, and turn the Sunfish (especially) about 90 degrees. Little is saved when trying to "pinch" after a tack.

    A gybe is less tough on gear--and passenger--if you can approximate the wind speed before gybing.

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  3. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    I don't agree with that last sentence. An unanticipated jibe can take your head off!
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