Sailing Under Control as the Wind Increases

John Jourdane

SHIFTING GEARS – keeping the boat under control by the adjusting or changing sails

Monitor wind strength and sea state closely, and adjust sails according to changes in conditions as they occur. This keeps the boat sailing most efficiently, avoids heavy rolling, excess weather helm and heel and promotes crew confidence and comfort.

As the breeze freshens to the 11-to 16-knot range, you have various adjustments at hand to prevent overpowering before reefing or rolling in headsails:

Group Weighing dates announced

In our never-ending effort to make our entrants' run-up to the 2018 Pacific Cup smoother, we've worked out a series of dates to get your boats weighed. The weight information is needed for Certified PHRF-DW ratings. While ORR boats will already have this, many PHRF boats have never been weighed. Most are surprised, usually pleasantly, by the number that shows up when they "step on the scale."