Question related to Super Snark

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Hi guys, I just joined and started sailing and have tons of questions but one is really pressing on my mind. I have had my snark out twice now and noticed something that i am probably just not doing right and would like some advice.

So i am under way, sails are filled and i am flying. I go to make a turn, one hand on the tiller the other on the line to control the boom. If i am turning closer to the wind i have to pull them in. I pull in as far as i can with my arm that is holding the line, but i have to let go of it to grab farther up to continue pulling it in. The sail then flies back out and i have to scramble to grab the line before it goes all the way through and i lose the sail completely. OR i have to let go of the tiller, grab the line with that hand and then move my other hand to a farther spot up the rope, but then the tiller goes hard to one side and my turn is ruined and i have to start over.

To get to my direct question, is there a way to keep the tiller pointed where i have it when i let go, or is there some kind of a progress capture device that i can attach somewhere to the boat or myself that will hold the sail line where i want it so i can let go to grab the line farther up?

Thanks in advance!
 

Wavedancer

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Transfer the sheet to your 'tiller hand'. Then grab the sheet again at the new position with your 'sheet hand'. This works better if you have a tiller extension. Not sure about that on a Super Snark.

PS: You really don't want to let go of the tiller!
 
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Transfer the sheet to your 'tiller hand'. Then grab the sheet again at the new position with your 'sheet hand'. This works better if you have a tiller extension. Not sure about that on a Super Snark.

PS: You really don't want to let go of the tiller!

I agree, as i found out time and time again. I would go to tack, put the tiller hard over, start pulling in the sheet but then the tiller would reverse and i would have to start again.

I actually kind of solved my problem, or at least part of it. I took and tied a loop of rope around my daggerboard handle, and then attached a rope tightener that has like a caribiner clip to it on one end and a rope clamping cam on the other. I ran the line for the sheet through there. i can pull in the line and it stays where i want it with the cam. When i want to let it out, i release a bit of tension on the cam. Worked like a charm and i was able to at times, not even worry about the line and focus on the tiller and enjoying the sailing.

I will try to do it again without this and try transfering the sheet to my tiller hand though. Not sure why i didnt think about that sooner, but i think its because the line is not long enough to reach that far if i have the sheet all the way out.
 
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