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Thursday Night Practice - March 22
By Michael Lipari
Posted on 3/21/2018 4:55 PM

Thursday March 22

Sailng Practice – Tacks and Jibes and Mark Roundings


For this Thursday, the winds are supposed to be blowing 15-18 with gusts into the 20s so we will focus on Tacks and Jibes.  If the winds are such that you can fly your normal  configuration – if it is two windy to fly spinaker, then do wing on wing.


Course Setup

We will try to setup a ½ to ¾ long course (Windward, Offset and Leeward Course) .  On each leg try to do at least 4 tacks and 3 jibes.  Call an observer for each leg (maybe bowman for upwind leg and mainsheet trimer for downwind leg)  They should evaluate how you are doing and lead discussion.  Hopefully someone can evaluate mark rounding as well, this might need to be helm.  At the end of each lap, stop boat and discuss what happened, then do a second time and try to improve.  Goat should be to do 3 or 4 laps.


Taking and Jibing



Every Tack or Jibe is an opportunity to gain or lose on you competitors.  In a good tack, you should lose minimum ground  and a good jibe should not cost any time or distance.


The goal is to practice the work of both tacking and jibing to minimize the loss.  On your tacks, you should complete the tack without veering off course (either oversteering or understeering) and accelerating out of the tack, and getting sails set as quickly as possible. 


Exercise One (Tack/Jibe Drills)

On a day with average breeze (under 14), we will set a long windward/leeward course (try for 3/4 mile) and on each upwind leg you should tack a minimum of 4times and on each downwind leg you should jibe a minimum of 3 times.  The observer should note the following:

  • 1.)From the time it you start the tack, how long does it take to get up to speed.
  • 2.)Are you under or oversteering
  • 3.)How quickly are you getting the sails in
  • 4.)How smooth are your jibes – are you keeping the spinaker full – are you quickly transitioning if flying wind on wing


Mark Roundings



The objective of this exercise is three fold:

  • 1.)Round the mark with maximum speed, including taking tactical rounding where you can (wide and tight) and the right rate of turn to get around the mark with minimal rudder drag.
  • 2.)Ensure that you know and are following all rule 18 rules.
  • 3.)Ensure that you have set up for the next leg. All control lines set either before the leeward mark or right after the windward mark



We will set a short windward/leeward course (about 3/4 miles or less) and we will sail around marks.  On the upwind and downwind legs. Please note that when doing this drill, do not worry about fleets – assume you are racing all boats and try to get inside overlap, control at the marks.  If you are outside boats – work on controlling speed so you come out of the rounding  where you want to be positioned (inside at the leeward mark and covering/taking wind at the windward mark).


Do some roundings from port to starboard and vice versus.


Boats should set their downwind configuration for this exercise.

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