March 29, 2015 How to, Sailing

Hardy Sail



Four hardy sailors ventured out to Willoughby Bay on a brisk, cloudy day with winds gusting to 20 mph in pursuit of accreditation by the American Sailing Association. We got up to speed rapidly on only the mainsail, and it was shortened by one-third to avoid too much weather helm (and heeling). The crew quickly became proficient on the points of sail—close haul, close reach, beam reach, broad reach. We deferred the deep run reach and controlled jibing due to the winds.


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