Originally Posted by Clipper4730
Just don't forget to backwind your jib when tacking or you'll be sailing on the same tack the whole trip
Urban legend. That is what you do when good technique fails. In fact, it doesn't work at all on some cats (my PDQ
responds very poorly to that method). I've had 4 cats or different types.
Actually, the "rule", is actually 2 rules since one doesn't fit. First, just as you tack, crack the traveler down just a foot or so, to help it get going on the new tack, and second, tack 10-20 past 90 until she is back up to speed. Then bring the traveler up and point.
The jib should be released when it breaks. It is important, however, to get it in quickly on the new tack. One of the best reasons it is wrong to back wind the jib on a larger cat is because it makes it damn hard to get the jib in quickly; if you release when it breaks and haul sharply, little winch
work is needed... just like a mono.