On most boats, sailors distinguish between jibes that are controlled and uncontrolled.On the Laser, is there really any difference?I was taught to cautiously sheet in, coordinating with the helm, and to quickly, but smoothly, ease the sheet out on the new tack.These dudes seem to slam the helm over, tighten the butt cheeks, and hope for the best.
As with many things in life the secrets of success for a Laser heavy air jibe are not "caution" or "control", but rather balance, boldness and timing.
Let's have more of that!
that was a sweet video - looked like fun.
And it looked like most sailors held on to the mainsheet when they flipped.
Of course Baydog. They must have been reading my blog. Well, I do know that at least one of the sailors in the video reads my blog.
P.S.- I think I know who it is.
For those of you who want to see REAL jibing of a Laser in breeze, follow this link and scroll down to the video titled "Super Brad Funk Onboard". Near the end of this video Brad does a couple of jibes the way you are supposed to do them. There is more video from the slalom coming to YouTube "soon"!
Hmmm. Don't know quite what to make of that funky "cross the boat before the boom does" technique. I think if I tried that the boat would heel to leeward, head up and I would end up with my head in the water.
Anna said you have to commit to the jibe. I can see why!