VIDEO – Jib trimming in high winds


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Trimming the jib in high winds is the topic of the twelfth video-episode of SAIL School, in which we discover how to perform a perfect maneuver on a cruising boat.

Adjusting the jib in high winds, the options

he jib is essential for creating the propulsive force to propel the boat forward while sailing in tight gaits, from transverse to broad windward. The jib is a resting sail, balancing the action of the mainsail, which is gilt . The combined action of the jib and mainsail allow the sail center to shift for good course keeping. We have seen in high winds how to reduce the mainsail in the recent video Reducing sails in high winds . To keep the boat balanced, the jib must also be reduced, and there are several possibilities:

  1. Thinning the jib by retracting the carriage, to maintain maximum performance you can also use a barber
  2. For cruising rollable jibs, partially wrap the jib with the jib reel and adjust the carriage.
  3. For inferred or entangled jibs that involve it, you can “reef” the jib, as illustrated in today’s video by dropping the halyard and rigging a new tack point on the new buguna and using a hoist to take the new tack point.

jib trimming in high wind

Jib trimming: Twelfth video episode of SAILING School.

Below is today’s video explaining how to adjust the jib and how to reduce it in high winds. All previous video episodes of SAIL School, are available on the SAIL Journal youtube channel there are both beginner and expert ones!



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