Last week I took a quick and dirty introduction
to sailing at a local club. The boat was a 14' open boat with a mainsail
. I feel I got the general idea, and my plan is to just get out there on the lake and sail back and forth until it feels automatic.
The instructor was handling the jib
while I was handling the mainsail
, and I realize that I wasn't paying as much attention to what he was doing as I should have. Today is a calm day, and I want to go out and give it a try alone, but I'm not entirely clear about how to handle both sails
If I'm, say, tacking, is the idea to uncleat and release the jib sheet first, so it lufts, and then turn the rudder
, and focus on sheeting the mainsail correctly, and then sheet in and cleat the jib on the opposite side?
Or am I supposed to figure out a way to have both sheets
in my hand at the same time, and sheet them simultaneously?
Thanks in advance for the answer to such a simple question.