Tacking with a sailing yacht
You cannot escape it on every sailing trip; tack with a sailboat…
Tacking is easy but also dangerous if not everyone knows what will happen to the boat and the sails.
The definition of tacking is steering the boat through the wind.
Basically it means that the boat sails in one direction with the sails over one bow, and then continues with the sails over the other bow.
Below is a step-by-step plan for tackling the right way:
– Before tackling it is important that everyone knows their task.
– Make sure that the jib sheet on the windward side is already 2-3 times around the winch and that all slack is pulled out of the line.
– The helmsman steers the boat into the wind.
– As soon as the jib starts to bulge, the jib sheet is thrown completely loose on the leeward side. Make sure that no one is standing near the jib or jib sheet because it starts to chatter quite a bit!
– Shortly afterwards, the mainsail will also begin to flap. The mainsheet does not have to be released, but it may be slightly slackened so that the boat will get up to speed a little earlier over the new bow.
– The helmsman steers the boat quickly through the wind, but steers less quickly when the boat fills over the new bow. This gives the genoa trimmer a little more time to tighten the new sheet on the hand.
– The new jib sheet or genoa sheet can be tightened by hand with the sheet around the winch approximately 2-3x (depending on the wind strength and size of the ship). winch and immediately put into the self-tailing. Now the jib can be closed with the winch handle.
– The helmsman will end up slightly lower to the wind after the tack in order to get the boat up to speed again, and he can lift the boat to the desired course at the same time as the Genoa is closed and if necessary the mainsheet is tightened.