Start on a relatively flat sea with a steady breeze if possible.
Set up a close reach and balance the sails as best you can. Pick your more "powerful" sail - for us it is the 150 genny - and ease the sheet. The boat should head
Before it luffs haul the sheet, maybe over sheet, and she should head
Practice with both sails. We've had limited success with tacking but it goes like this.
- Get the boat balanced and moving well close reached
- Luff the genny while oversheeting the main
- As she heads to wind
resheet the genny hard on the old lee side (same side) to back the genny and carry the bow through
- As soon as she goes through the wind sheet the main hard and luff the genny to arrest the rotation then sheet the genny to the new side. The key is when to luff the genny. In a strong breeze the bow can swing all the way through.
You need at least 2 people well coordinated on our boat to do this and you also need the momentum to carry through the weather.
You also might practice going head to wind and seeing what it takes without rudder to get your boat out of irons. Getting stalled head to wind with no rudder control and an out of control boat could be sporty.
There is no way I would try to sail into a marina, or channel. I'd be calling for a tow when I got close. And I would have an anchor
ready if the cavalry didn't arrive.