from the Top
2: Its blowing dogs off chains, I am approaching the
lay line down wind at warp speed, what is the top tip
for surviving the gybe?
“I have my main attached to my harness in strong winds
for access down wind. As I approach the lay I ease the
main from the wire, this is very important as it keeps
the boat moving as you come in to the boat. The last
thing you want is for the boat to stall because your
main is pinned in to far. (We are talking very strong
winds here.) Depending on waves I then ease the main
right to the boom. I am still hooked on with weight
on the wire keeping the boat going as fast as it will
go. I then quickly un-hook and immediately go for the
gybe by bearing away and leaning into the boat grab
the main from the boom with the hand which is holding
the kite and pull the boom over. As the boom is coming
over I give the boat heeps of -ve helm to counteract
the impact of the boom as it reaches the stopper not
on the main sheet. As I move across the boat and ensure
my full weight hits the wing as quickly as possible.
Once through the gybe I then trim on the kite as quickly
as I can. Then hook back on and trim the main on a little
while wiring off the gunwale, then go out on the wire
and get my foot in the strap and then a final main sheet
Don't forget to hang on for grim death fight the boat
and drive it on. “
said "Keep it flat, fast and feel positive. Do
a rack to rack gybe main slightly eased to around 45
degrees ( to far out , the boat slows down and you have
a wide angle to steer, to centred and you get blown
over if your gybe isnt perfect).
Steer a smooth arc with no waggling indecesions and
cross the boat early ie before the boom, if the boat
is heeling you could have gone sooner.
Pick the new kite sheet up from the block as you go
and punch it through to the new side, no flapping kite
to put you off balance or slow you down. "