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Technique Tips

Gybing an RS400

By Rooster Ambassador (EU) 4th October 2021

Gybing an RS400 Gybing an RS400 can be trickier than some other dinghy classes due to its size, speed and the presence of wing-wangs (used to adjust the spinnaker pole angle). This quick post summarizes our current method of heavy weather gybing along with a little video to demonstrate it. 1) Get the boat flat first! The crew loosely cleats the windward jib sheet before the maneuver begins. 2) The helm then uncleats the windward wing-wang and pulls the tiller toward themselves gently. The crew simultaneously moves weight into the boat whilst uncleating the leeward jib sheet. 3) At this...

Perfecting the RS400 Gybe - well nearly. (With an extra video)

Perfecting the RS400 Gybe in a 16 knots of Breeze. I plugged in my 'Speed Puck' get some numbers and help us focus on our training.....
By Steve Cockerill 14th April 2021

Extreme Weather Sailing – Practice the San Francisco Roll

San Francisco Roll - YouTube After experiencing the 2005 Tyne Tees Laser Qualifier where the UK Laser Standard, Radial and...

By Steve Cockerill 14th April 2021

Hiking Styles - The Secrets Behind Efficient and Healthy Hiking

In this blog Steve discusses some of the typical problems associated with hiking out and takes advice from Fiona Taylor,...

By Steve Cockerill 14th April 2021

Tacking - The Technical Stuff

I learnt to sail on an old gravel pit in the Midlands in the UK. Just to make it more...

By Steve Cockerill 14th April 2021