Originally Posted by thomm225
You would sort of think so but if you sheet in the main all the way, the boat will turn to weather
. (jib down or luffing) You can also backup and set sail/direction that way.
'Cept the thread at that point was asking "how would you tack with just a jib."
Of course the answer is "momentum, same as when you're flying a jib, main, staysail, mizzen, or whatever collection of sails may be stuck on the boat at the time."
Then it became "You can't if there's no way on."
Well. Ok, of course in that case, you'll end up being blown off. Till you had some way on. Then you maybe can tack. Kinda what my point was. Or launch the main and sheet it in. Or turn on the motor
. Or lasso a whale or something*.
The rest is kinda basic physics: lateral effort, force, etc...
Oh, and not everybody on CF hasn't raced. Lots have I'm sure. Gosh, imagine the fun discussions we could have about mark room and overlap. That'd be even more entertaining than guns
, anchors, or multihulls.
. Do not do this. It's not nice to the whale. They don't like it.