Yup, the skipper should be capable of givin instruction that work. It is always more plesant to take down sails
at minimum speed, but it sounds like he underestimated the wind
just a bit. And he should have know that an inexpereinced hand might require just little more speed than someone used to the specfic boat.
vs. beam aligned with the wind. This actually varies a bit with the slug/track/bolt rope
araingment. Some can be dropped at any angle, some require the boa to be near head
to wind. I've had both.
. Didn't we learn in physics--and in life--that any non-accelerating frame of refference is equivalent? Current
away from shore generally has very little effect on handling--in fact may be undetectable without a reference or instruments--with the following exceptions:
a. Waves that originated outside of the tidal area. This is the common "tide against wind" effect. However, it only happens when the waves, say from the ocean, enter a tidal course. A bend in the river can also do this. Since waves travel very long distances, they always see the curent as "accelerated" when compared to where they originated. The effect can be severe where the waves first meet he current, nd generally sorts itself out, though that can take a very long distance if the waves are of moderate size.
b. Current very near land, where it is flowing at one speed at one end/side of the boat and differently on the other side/end. This is why a kayak
entering the stream will spin. It's fasinating to watch Mississippi
river pilots work big barge string through New Oreals during high flow. And of course docking
a pain in a current, rather like parking a car when the lot is moving.
But no, a tidal current out in the middle of a river or bay will not push the nose around, any more than we can detect through our senses that the universe is expanding at a frightful velocity. We can detect the rotation of the earth, because that involes continual angular acceleration.
with the outboard
, if possible, can allow a small boat to hold into the wind at nearly zero speed. This can be very useful waiting out a brief thunderstorm, since it minimizes wave impacts and makes it easier to keep the prop in the water