Gybing trick

Posted by Grant Headifen on March 17, 2009 under Bareboat Charter, Crew, Skipper | Read the First Comment

When you’re getting ready to gybe, take the jib lazy sheet and wrap it around its winch and pull quite tight. This will pull the jib towards the windward side of the boat just a little.

Now when you gybe, you don’t have to be so busy about pulling the jib sheet across quickly because it will almost be already set for the other side. You just need to trim it.

This technique also prevents the jib from wrapping around the front of the forestay which is a real pain to pull back once you’re through the wind.

So tighten that lazy sheet just before you gybe.