Some rookies have trouble with this. They think they have one hand for the tiller and one for the sheet, and they can't work out how to pull in all that sheet with one hand. So they use their teeth.
Pull in a few feet of sheet. Put the sheet in your teeth. Move your sheet hand back to the block. Repeat and rinse. Don't forget to floss.
It's actually not that hard to use both hands to sheet in. You just need to figure how to hold your tiller extension and the sheet in the same hand. Once you've got the hang of it, it's very easy and very efficient to sheet in hand-over-hand using both hands.
That's the approved official bestest method that every coach teaches.
If you see someone with his sheet in his teeth you know he's a rookie.
Rule #3 in Laser Sailing: The Rules clearly states...
Guide the uninitiated.
Novices should be guided in the ways of Laser sailing.
HOW ELSE WILL THEY LEARN IF YOU DON'T SHOUT AT THEM?
Here is a guy who sheets with his teeth
It's OK to shout at him and tell him he's doing it all wrong.
Here's a video of the same guy…
What is a little weird is that you can see in the video that the sailor clearly also knows how to use his tiller hand and his sheet hand to sheet in. The approved official bestest method that every coach teaches. But sometimes he uses his teeth instead of his tiller hand. And he keeps the sheet in his teeth most of the time he's sailing. Very strange.
Oh look. Just after 3:30 in the video he even attempts a tack while holding the sheet in his teeth. And promptly capsizes. Ha ha ha. What did I tell you?
And then at 4:05 he does another tack and uses his teeth to enable him to swap his sheet and tiller hands. There's also a way to do that without using your teeth. It's the approved official bestest method that every coach teaches.
At 6:30 he is sailing downwind and puts the sheet in his teeth again. And then he immediately death rolls!!!
Do you believe me now that holding the sheet in your teeth is not a good idea? Quite apart from all the yuk in the water that most of us sail in, not to mention the likelihood of expensive dentists's bills, it really isn't a very efficient way to sail.
Today I received my copy of the 2014 Laser Class handbook.
Here is a picture of the front cover.
My head is spinning.
That is Robert Scheidt, current Laser World Champion and without a doubt,the most successful Laser sailor of all time.
With the sheet in his teeth.
Can somebody please explain this to me.
Does Robert sail like that all the time?
Or is there some special reason he has the sheet in his teeth at this moment?
Do I have to relearn what little I thought I knew about Laser sailing technique?
Did I miss the memo? Is "two hands and your teeth" now the approved official bestest method for sheeting-in that every coach teaches?