When the jibe ends badly. VIDEO

Jibing in strong winds with a gennaker is not exactly an easy task, as you will see in this video shot aboard a J/80. The coxswain took an unwelcome drink, ending up with his head practically underwater. But was it avoidable? Regardless of how the maneuvers were handled, it is highly inadvisable for those at the helm, on a boat as small as the J/80, to sit on the old edge during a gybe. Better to stand upright, head down being careful of the boom, with the rudder between your legs, ready to jump on the new edge as soon as the boat changes tack, and thus avoid being downwind if the maneuver has gone wrong.

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