Several day, weeks? (it's all a blur of studying) someone posted
a question about the timing of duck jibes. Here is my formula.
1. Head of the wind slightly to get speed.
2. Get out of harness.
3. Transfer back hand toward clew to get leverage.
4. Take back foot out of footstrap (lots of options on
where you place the foot)
5. Initiate the jibe by sheeting in the sail and driving
your knees into the turn. If I am on a wave board (rocker
in tail I will push *** back foot) on a slalom board
(rocker farther forward I will keep more weight forward)
6. Keep sail sheeted in for a count.
7. Ease up on the turn and open up the sail making sure that
the clew will not hit the water.
8. Flip the sail, I like to spin it about it's center of
gravity rather then letting the wind spin it around.
9. Catch sail.
10. Change feet position. (of course you can do this earlier)
Steps 1-5 are same, at step 6 start the duck jibe. If you do
the duck early you will have plenty of speed and will be going as fast
the wind so the front of the sail will come back to you. If you
practice on a calm day the sail motion should be the same as a good
duck jibe. There is always the chance you may be going faster then
the wind. In this case the sail will come back at you hard. Something
to be avoided.
Anyway step 7 should be continue the carving jibe.
Step 8 grab sail with new front hand. etc.
That's my timing clue. Start the duck early while you still have speed if
you are having problems with the sail not coming back toward you. I don't
know how many times I would duck and sit there holding the boom waiting
for the front of the sail to come back.
Now, what is the secret of the helicopter tack?
David Purdy 165lbs 5'-11" size 11 shoe :-), 8'-8" Bruce Jones
custom wave/high wind board, my girlfriend took
custody of my sails so I would study :-(.