Trouble Tacking

signal charlie

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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.


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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.