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Reef early, reef often

posted Jan 14, 2017, 10:03 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor]

ecent strong winds in southern Tasmaniaare a timely reminder of the importance of havinga good reefing system on your boat and knowing how to use it. Wind strength canchange quickly in the waters we will be traversing during the Raids. Even whenwe set out in the morning with a favourable forecast, it’s always possible thewind will get up and make everything a little too exciting during the day.  Knowing how to reduce sail quickly and under gusty conditionsis essential for ensuring you keep control of your vessel. Before the Raidcheck your reefing systems, making sure everything is running freely and thatall fittings are secure and are not going to tear out when you’re hit by a stronggust.
Heaving to is a time-tested way of calming the situation whenunder sail, giving you time to gather your thoughts, tidy the boat and setyourself up properly when winds are strengthening. Remind yourself how to heaveto in your vessel. The first day on the water at Recherche Bay will be devotedto making sure everyone is comfortable in their vessels before we head out to theexposed waters for the passage to Southport. This is a great opportunity to practiceyour reefing and to get the feel for how your vessel behaves when you need toheave to.


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