NACRAJON Posted August 17, 2009 Report Share Posted August 17, 2009 Bit of a novice question, but I got dumped into the freezing waters of Lake Burley Griffin (10 deg C?) twice today during the winter series and its happening a bit too regularly. Keen to find out what I’m doing wrong on a sloop rig, single handed. 1. A large front came over during the race with easily seen gusts travelling across the lake. I was beating, with about 25m to the gust hitting I would bear up almost pinching and sheet in. Once in the gust bear off and try and keep the windward hull just skimming the water. 2. When running at 90 degrees apparent, I usually have the traveller halfway out to the inner hull and reasonable tension on the mainsheet (cleated). I was out on the wire about level with the rear beam and can only just operate the jib. The jib seems to be the key to building up speed, keeping the jib uncleated and continually playing with it to keep the tell tales right with the occasional movement of the mainsheet. When the gusts came I was moving back to the stern but I was repeatedly burying the lee bow, ended up pitch poling in a big gust. The easiest way to dump power seems to be with the jib but being right at the back of the boat I can’t gain access to it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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