tacking the top batton
I had trouble again last night with persuading the top batten to pop over. I suspect this means that I have some of the rig controls set wrongly as I had no similar problem on my first two outings. I can't figure out which controls would have the appropriate affect. Can you help?
Tighter kicker seems the most popular route
Some people find a bit of tension on the cunningham works.
Search the forum using the box near the top of the main forum page, and you will find several previous discussions.
Thanks everyone. Sorry for forgetting to search the forum first. I guess I though that nobody else would have had such a basic problem!
The batten was so much cursed at Hunts at the weekend that the air should have been blue :-)
Yes, if you want the kicker slack when sailing, you can ask the crew to pull on it during a tack (they just grab the purchase all together, midway between boom and mast foot).
A little kicker can help but not to the detriment of the sail trim.
Was there a lot of roll tacking to get the batten to flip every 20 yards?
Garry, I thought that was the whole point of the top batten! In the light weather at Salcombe last year I was amazed at the constant rocking and rolling. the top batten was to blame!
My point obliquely made!!