We continue to think about how to start training again as the Government considers relaxing the lockdown rules.
One of the main areas of concern is the provision of safety cover particularly in a capsize situation.
Capsize is pretty much a part of sailing and usually of little concern although the first time I did it was in the Red Sea, Sailing a Sunfish which is like a slightly bigger Oppie. We were sailing in The Creek near Jeddah and had decided to venture out beyond the coral reef to find better wind, neither of us knew what to do, but as the sharks live on that side of the reef we found out pretty quickly.
Anyway there are a number of things you can do so as not to capsize –
Spill wind, just let the mainsheet run out between your fingers and pull it in again after the gust.
Lift the centre board a little, this causes more leeway but reduces the heeling effect.
Use a smaller sail
Reef the sail either by wrapping it round the mast or the boom.
Using mast head buoyancy cuts out the risk of a total inversion, you can see a sausage shape at the top of the sail on the 2k ( note it is biodegradable So needs to be dropped after use).
This video is for single handlers Two person boats use the scoop method
Subject: How to Sail: Single Handed Capsize: Part 2 of 3: Righting The Boat
Take a look at this video on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/sbmJf0GDdgYNote at the end he explains how to get out of “irons “ we teach that as push push pull pull. Push the boom away from you till the boat turns and the sail fills then pull in the sheet to sail off.
Sailors sayings: Taken aback
The real Tall Ships started to leave Bremerhaven on Sunday 16th so although no one in the yacht club actually said anything we were aware that we were in danger of out staying our welcome .
We had picked up a detailed weather forecast during our visit to the lifeboat so planned to move on on the 19th
A 3.8 a rope run from the boom to a forward strong point is a gybe preventer
Q 3.9 What is the meaning of three balls in a vertical line