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Efficient Tasar handling info

The following is a handout I did for my sailing club for a clinic I did this summer.

Efficient Tasar handling 

Boat handling procedure for Tacking:

Count down to the tack.  Say 3,2,1 tacking.
Push:  at “tacking”, Lightly push the tiller away from you
Step:  Step completely across the cockpit to the opposite side of the boat with your stern foot.
Duck:  Duck the boom
Switch sides.  Beginners do your tiller hand exchange behind your back as you cross the boat.   Intermediate sailors do the hand exchange after the tack is completed.  Drop the old traveler sheet and pick up the new one as you cross the boat. and sit on the new windward deck.
Straighten:  Straighten the tiller
Hand exchange:  Intermediate sailors reach down and cleat the traveller, then move the tiller from behind your back to the microphone grip or the panhandle grip.

When the helm says 3, move to the center of the cockpit and hold one jib sheet in each hand.
As the bow crosses the wind, (as soon as the jib luffs) release the loaded jib sheet and immediately use that hand to rotate the mast while you pull the jib in on the new leeward side with the other hand.
Move to windward to balance the boat.

Sail trim in four modes. 
All Adjustments are very small.  Trim as little as possible.

Sail shape controls: Start with the out haul set so that there is one hand width of space between the boom and and foot of the main sail. When the boat is difficult to keep flat with both sailors hiking, de-power by tightening the outhaul and reducing the draft of the sail.  In very high wind also pull on some cunning ham.  All settings will depend on the total crew weight.

Drifting. (0-2 knots)  Traveller up to windward, main sheet out until the boom is back in the center.  (Induce maximum twist in the sail.)  Crew fully to leeward, helm close to center to induce leeward heel.  Sheet out the  jib so the leading edge of the foot follows the curve of the hull. Move like a ninja.  Excessive movement will bounce the wind out of the sails.

Light wind. (3-8 knots)  Sail has some power  Crew moves along thwart, and out to hike in gusts as necessary.  Trim jib sheet so that the foot of the jib is full and not pulled flat. Set the traveller a bit above center.  Trim the traveller so that the leach streamers are both streaming.  Trim the main sheet so the top windward tell tail is streaming 60 % of the time.  In this mode, some authors say to trim the main sheet so the position of the boom matches the angle of the top batten.

Fully powered up. (8-15 knots)  Still trim the main by the tell tails and leach streamers.  Setting unlikely to change.  Crew hike as hard as they can comfortably maintain.  Helm controls the heel of the boat by simultaneously lowering the traveler slightly and head up slightly in gusts to help keep the boat flat and moving fast. Crew does not move in response to changes in the attitude of the boat.

De-power mode.  Wind 15-25 knots.  Taut main sheet.  Leave the traveller below centre at all times.  Keep the main sheet in hand and ease it in gusts.  Helm and crew hike as hard as they can and hope it’s enough.   Move like a sumo wrestler.  Get to the new high side rapidly and force it down asap.

Why sailing rocks

I want to start with a statement that most would disagree with. Sailing rocks because it is affordable. Most look at the pretty boats moored at expensive marinas and just assume that our sport is out of their league. The "Yacht Club" sailing model with those gorgeous sailing machines in large marina's is not the only one out there. Sailing clubs and co-ops are affordable alternatives. They represent one of the many methods of sharing the cost of ownership.

In the Vancouver area we have several options. Most of these are based out of the Jericho Sailing Center. In the interest of disclosure I should tell you that I have been a member there for several years. The center operates much like a community center. Individual and club memberships are available. Each individual member owns their own boat, while the clubs share a fleet with their members. Two clubs I've been a member of, Viking and Discovery, include access to cruising keel boats as well as a small fleet of dinghies. Membership with the JSCA is much more affordable than storing a boat at a marina, but it does mean you are limited to a boat that you can winch up and down the ramp. The Hollyburn Sailing Club on the north shore of English Bay is another club setup fairly similar to JSCA with both private owners and a co-op fleet.

Shared ownership is another option. I know several families that own boats together and keep them at the Kitsilano Yacht Club. Again in the interest of disclosure I should say that I work at KYC as the Sailing Director. Most boats at the club are owned by more than one person and some have up to four partners. This makes the cost of ownership considerably cheaper. KYC also has a dinghy pass that allows members to sail the training program's boats.

Storing the boat on dry land is one of the ways to control cost. This works well for dinghies, but does put some limits on what you can own. If you want something you could do some cruising in there are several good options, all of which are light enough to be raised up by a crane or winch and stored on the hard. Personally I like the J24 the best. It has accommodations and a galley below and still manages to perform nicely under sail. Google Martin 242 or Siren 20 for two other options.

The point of this entry has been to talk about affordable options available to get out sailing. Personally I have sailed at co-op dinghy clubs here in BC and in Manitoba. There are clubs available on most lakes and rivers in the country. Good examples are the Glenmore Sailing Club in Calgary and the Toronto Island Sailing Club. You can find more searching the internet for sailing clubs in your area or check out the CYA webpage for sailing clubs.

I have really enjoyed sailing from a club. I like that I get access to a varied fleet, so I can choose a boat to suit my crew or the weather conditions that day. I also really like that I always have somebody to sail with. As soon as you join you are part of a group of active sailors and rarely lack a sailing partner. It's also really nice to have people to share the boat maintenance chores with! All in all I think sailing clubs are the way to go and I'm sure you can find one near you.