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Can't depower the boat or keep the boom out of the water

Horizon

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No!!!

And don't forget that there are lots of lightweight 4.7 sailors who get the boat up on their own.

To be honest, I have never put my feet the hull of any boat I have sailed to get it upright.

The trick is just to get as much as your weight on the board as far away from the hull as possible.

If possible, I would practice as follows:

Take the boat somewhere quiet where you can capsize in water just deep enough that you can't stand up - ideally you will be not far off shore, and if possible, you could tether the boat to the shore with a long painter.

Turn the boat into the wind and deliberately capsize it.

Once in the water, swim around to the board - staying below and behind the board facing the front of the boat, reach up and put your hands on the leading edge of the board so that your body is at right angles to the boat.

pull yourself up as much as you can. You do not need to pull yourself right onto the board in a Laser, it will start coming upright long before you get all of your weight on the end of the board.

Once the end of the board starts to come down into the water, start grabbing the gunnels and pull it over that way.

In a real life capsize, it will help if you can let the vang off before you bring the boat upright. This will take a lot of the power out of the sail and reduce the likelihood of a second capsize in strong winds.

It might sound silly, but do you know anyone with a pool in which you can chuck the boat and practice.

Watch this video from about 1:35 onwards and it might help:

 

wjejr

Active Member
Hi SG-Aussie. Especially when I was younger, I used to right the boat by hooking my toes in the rolled over edge of the gunwales and then holding on to, think hugging, the end of the daggerboard. It seemed to take awhile, but eventually the boat would right itself.

I think why that works is because hugging the end of the board with your toes on the gunwales lifts your body out of the water and consequently adds a lot more weight to the end of the board.

Hope that helps.
 

ang

Member
started racing radials in high school at around 125lbs, about 150lbs now. dry flipping is the way to go, when the boat goes over climb over the top of the hull instead of swimming to the daggerboard. its way faster and easier, all your weight ends up being on the dagger board instead of in the water. You can also easily dry flip a death roll, just have to feel it coming and be quick about it but that comes with experience.

for being overpowered upwind, you want more vang and cunningham. main close to all the way in, not necessarily block to block ease in the puffs trim in the lulls. pinching alright if you cant keep it flat
 
started racing radials in high school at around 125lbs, about 150lbs now. dry flipping is the way to go, when the boat goes over climb over the top of the hull instead of swimming to the daggerboard. its way faster and easier, all your weight ends up being on the dagger board instead of in the water. You can also easily dry flip a death roll, just have to feel it coming and be quick about it but that comes with experience.

for being overpowered upwind, you want more vang and cunningham. main close to all the way in, not necessarily block to block ease in the puffs trim in the lulls. pinching alright if you cant keep it flat
Vang & cunno was literally on as far as i could physically pull it.

Still couldn't depower the boat enough to actually be able to sail it
 

Rob B

Well-Known Member
Vang & cunno was literally on as far as i could physically pull it.

Still couldn't depower the boat enough to actually be able to sail it
I have found when the boat is capsized in breeze you have to let the vang off to get the boat back up. A super vanged sail is like a board in the water and the wind can't get out of it. This was not a problem with the old vang.
 
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