Started sailing 3376 at the weekend having been sailing an RS200 for a few weeks so far this season, and I was immediately struck by the difficulty of moving my front foot first across the boat in a tack due to the cb case. Do people move aft foot first as it seems easier to negotiate the cb case?
Think aft foot always goes first in a centre mains sheet boat That makes you face forward when tacking
Rod & Jo sceptical
As those of you who have seen me at it, my tacking technique is awful; I claim advancing years & total confusion.
I hadn't ever thought about my feet when I tack though I'm sure I go over rather than round the CB case and have never had a problem doing it. I learnt to tack first & then change hands on tiller & mainsheet a few years ago which is really helpful for maintaining control through the tack particularly if windy & crowded. However the top tip for feet with me is about hooking them under the toestraps before launching yourself over the side deck - ask James Warren
Stuart Bates MR3615
Thanks for the info guys. On the 200 I was doing a "two step" tack starting with my aft foot up the sidetank, then front foot step to opp toestrap, aft foot follows while twisting round, then hike straight out (which is how the NS14 do it I think). The two steps made it easy to move fast or slow. I think the "one step" whilst swivelling tack might be the only option because of the case, but then I felt forced right across the boat that way. Maybe a mini step with my front foot first would be a good compromise...will try at the weekend.
We have tacking steps in 3571 which can help. From hiked, I step into the boat from hiked with my front foot first and plant this facing forward just next to the centre board case, as you tack through and the boat is starting to tip away on the new tack, you and crew step across in unison onto the tacking steps, foot facing forward on the step, and then hike/squeeze to pull her up-right as you bring you other foot across and under the strap before you hike out and haul in the sails at the same time. At least that is what we try to do. The reality is that you find yourself facing forward over the new gunwale having dropped the tiller... you spot the crew collapsed on the leeward side unable to climb the now vertical deck.... and then realise you haven't un-cleated the mainsheet......