apologies for molesting you with a beginner´s question, but I really need some help with what is a very basic maneuver. Basically my job is the pointing the boat into the wind
, while the skipper
hauls down the mainsail
. I have no problem with this when I am in charge of doing the whole maneuver on my own, meaning I set the outboard
speed and the time it takes me to complete the process.
Today we had
1. relatively high waves for a river, a foot and a half maybe,
2. 12 knots steady wind
3. the buoy showing me the current
hitting the boat head
4. and (a conjecture on my part) a cross current
from the starboard side due to a rising river.
pointed the boat into the wind,set the throttle at about 1 third if not less, left me to scramble in place and proceeded to haul down the main. The process was erratic. Even with full rudder
to port the boat was not returning into the wind without a lot of effort. I increased speed and with that I slowly corrected course.
Am I wrong in thinking that the only problem was that the boat did not have enough acceleration/lost too much speed in the "handover", and even more as the sail was dropping or am I not taking something else in account.
Skipper categorically insists that the only problem is that I am not steering
"right", that it was all I had to do to keep the boat on course, that I did not need to touch the outboard
control as he had given me the correct acceleration for the conditions (about a third of capacity) .
Apologies. I am aware that this is light years away from a "cruising"issue for old hands, but a beginner sailor's problem.