Ahoy Interlake Sailors!
Here are a few reminders to help keep our boats in good condition and our sailors safe.
1. Raising Sails: the Mainsail gets maximum time up. The rule is main up first and down last. Two reasons for this are that the boom protects the main from luffing and centers the boat into the wind. Jibs can be damaged from extra luffing at the dock.
2. The tiller should be not be attached to the rudder unless a hand is on it to keep it under control. It doesn’t matter if other boats are nearby or not. Other things besides boats can catch on tillers and cause damage not to mention that sheets can become fouled on it. Pull that tiller! Just watch that it is under the bridle when you install it.
3. Don’t use the Center Board as a Brake!! Dropping the center board into the mud can damage the board, cause leaks, and injure passengers. Use those paddles to back paddle if coming in hot!
4. Correct Knots for Securing the Mainsheet to the Boom: in class we still teach students to use the clove hitch for this so they practice the knot as it is required on the water test. However, the cat’s paw is also OK for this purpose. We also use the Cat’s paw for the reefing line.
If you are conducting practice sails, please remind students about these items.
Head of Instruction