VIDEO Chinese jibe, degenerate, stranding

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We’re at the 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco: it’s very windy, and the flush stern is always risky. The crew of “Expeditious,” Bartz Schneider’s Express 37, knows something about this. First a freak “Chinese gybe,” then the inevitable beaching just a few meters from the docks of the St. Francis Yacht Club. Watch the video and see how the situation escalates.

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CHINESE JIBE, IF YOU KNOW IT, YOU AVOID IT
What is a “Chinese jibe”? This is an unintentional downhaul where the upper portion of the mainsail goes from one tack to the other, swelling to its new position, while the lower portion and boom remain in their original position. It is often induced by excessively soft vang, which allows the boom to rise too high and the liner an unusual twist. Most often it is caused by excessive sudden upwind heeling of the boat during sterns in sustained wind and wave: the consequences can be catastrophic.

 


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