Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Check out these two very different styles of roll-tacking a Laser, the first by an unnamed German sailor (I assume from the GER on his sail) and the second by Andrew Scrivan who sails in Connecticut.
How are they different?
What can we learn from them?
Which style would be more effective?
The thing that struck me the most was the different ways the sailors time and initiate the initial roll to windward.
The German sailor moves his butt out to the edge of the deck almost as soon as he starts steering into the tack. His boat is heeling to windward as he is steering up to head-to-wind.
Whereas Andrew doesn't move his body at all as he starts to steer, and his boat is flat as he steers up to head-to-wind. In fact the first move he makes is to shift his butt towards the centerline of the boat, and then follows that with throwing his shoulders back to initiate the roll to windward when he is pointing approximately head-to-wind.
What do you think?
Are there any other significant differences?