Dinghy sailing

Tips To Improve Asymmetric Dinghy Sailing

Dinghy sailing is pure joy itself and racing provides the little drop of additional adrenalin and excitement to it making it exquisite experience. Though it might sound challenging, daunting and a bit scary to the unexperienced sailors, it’s actually quite easy to comprehend sailing skills with dinghies and familiarize with equipment. Following few basic tips and engaging into a bit of actual practicing will train you in no time to sail like a pro and experiment on your own further. Unlike dinghies with symmetrical spinnaker where luff and leech construct symmetrical shape, asymmetric dinghies have leech longer than luff and it’s placed on one side of the bow. Asymmetric racing dinghy is adapted for gybing as well, but much better for reaches compared to symmetrical models. It provides as quality downwind sailing as any symmetric dinghy, it just requires some different tactics to be applied.

Proper orientation and rigging

Proper orientation and rigging Dinghy SailingFacing boat head towards wind while you are still anchored on land should be the starting position. Adjusting standing and running rigging is the next essential task to ensure adequate maneuvering later. The main rule of rigging asymmetric racing dinghy is to set all the lines outside the jib. Connect the sail’s tack and bowsprit and clew down the foot of the sail to the spinnaker. The head of the sail should be precisely attached to the uphaul which further attached to the center of the spinnaker. In final phase, tie the sheet together at the cockpit after you attach them to the clew.

Proper hoisting

Dinghy SailingOnce you’ve set the rigging adequately, you need to decrease the pressure rigging is exposed to by bearing the helm away downwind. The common tactic of hoisting safely with minimum effort refers to crew gathering in the center of the dinghy and pulling the halyard very fast until the boat is fully out into the waters. Right after that, sheet in while rudder increases drifting speed until the sails are filled. Once you are finally sailing, keep an eye on the leech and adjust it so approximately six inches curl it. This will ensure the balance between depowering your dinghy and overwhelming rigging with intense pressure.

Proper gybing with asymmetric dinghy

The skilled gybing is probably the first challenging maneuver you will have to comprehend when planning to master dinghy sailing and particularly asymmetric dinghy racing. The main aim is to train the crew to synchronize their actions in order to achieve quick, but safe shifting of the boat against the wind flow. The task includes unlocking the jib and pulling it onto the opposite direction from sheets. This should be done promptly, but giving sufficient time to the boat to overcome the resistance and start turning. Once you’ve made it, repeat the procedure for adjusting the rigging according to the leech and sheet and keep sailing downwards new direction. Once done with sailing tour, conduct the actions required for proper hoisting, just conduct them backwards.


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