'That's The Way To Do It'
There is now an additional sub-gallery in the Photos/Training gallery entitled 'Technique'. So far it only contains a reach-to-reach spinnaker gybe, executed by the Blakes and captured by Tim Boswijk (looks as though it may have been at Chichestershire a few weeks ago). If you have any other photo sequences which provide a 'learning opportunity', either good or bad (though I can't guarantee to pixel-out the identies in the case of the latter!), please forward to Mags or myself.
What's amazing is how the helm disappears from the boat in shots 17-20...
Perhaps Pat would like to write a critique!
I have far worse gybe photo sequences from the same race..the Blake's was far the best..and they were leading too!
What should the crew do with the spianker sheets during a gybe? are they just cleated off before removing the pole and left a lone untill the new pole is on? or should you be pulling the spinaker round by the sheets?
If it's a run to run we cleat both and i steer to keep the kite full.
There is training material in the library. An updated version of Jennie King's article on spinnakers plus a "how to" sheet.
Perhaps it is more like the way not to do it!
I am really glad you posted that analysis, Pat. I was worried the sequence didn't quite look like what I though we were being trained to do at Rutland, but not sharp enough to be able to spot the actual mistakes. Thanks.
For C and I the interesting bit is that Ollie in the chasing boat. He would appear to be getting the pole off the forestay a bit earlier as he goes into the gybe before removing the pole - rather than pulling it round after the pole is off. It is also noticeable that Richard is luffing as the get to the buoy not letting the boat roll into the gybe - perhaps worried about hitting the buoy? I think (but it is not clear from the photos) that Richard has gone into the mark higher than Pat so has more of an opportunity to square off into the gybe and come out higher...?
I've emailed Mags with some more gybe sequences, same mark rounding same race at Chi YC Open. So hopefully we can get these on the site, and see a variety of crews and boats showing their technique (or lack of it).
I can remember from my Rutland training that it was much more of a problem rolling the boat than keeping it as flat throughout as possible, rather hope our sequences were so far behind that the cameraman had given up, can remember that we knew the 2nd reach would be really tight & got more so through the day but still struggled to get the pole on quickly for the new gybe. The problem with starting the gybe very close to the mark is just that, our best rounding we had started very high and in fact gybed a bit before the mark and headed up on to it, we had a boat below us that we hoped would do what Pat did, but we still couldn't get the bow above them.
No, please post them! Please!
Alan obviously wants to see them, happy to go public if the subsequent critique will be instructive!
Thanks to Tim B for capturing a few more frames at the same mark. In the 'technique bin' we now have the Richard and Olly rounding to which Pat referred, as well as a full set of Blake the Younger and our illustrious Chairperson taking, what appears to be, a slightly more vigourous approach.
Mmm, interesting. Both quite a bit flatter into the mark, Richard particularly, and quicker onto the side deck out. What did mine look like I wonder?
Hi Andrew..I've sent Alistair more of the gybe sequences..and Heaven Sent is in them, as is
No-one seen so far has kept the spinnaker filling throughout the gybe! Disgraceful...
First of the latest batch - featuring 3539, 3583 & 3563 - are now up.
I think that's the leg where our starboard sheet came untied on the way down!!
The last batch of the 'Chichester Gybes' are now in the 'technique' section of the 'training' gallery. They are classsified as 'various' but show 3647, 3511, 3449, 3645, 3625 & 3604.
Not far off filling all the way through Mags, just a leading edge fall in as the pole goes on. Can't see what happens as 3449 comes in behind us but the boat is at least flat. We didn't catch Liquid Dreams alas.
Our gybing is still a work in progress, but we are getting better at it. Had allot of practice on Sunday at Banbury. Our biggest issue is that Jo struggles to get the pole up if I come up in to the wind too quickly, hence we are sailing quite free through the later part of that sequence. I think that cost us a bit as that reach was quite tight and we struggled to get high enough for the next mark at the other end.
Gybing is the focus of a few articles on the training resources. Now updated.