Catamaran Sail Trim with Sam Newton

For this episode, we had Sam Newton, Americas Cup and Sail GP pro sailor and agent of Rolly Tasker join us to give you tips on how to better trim your sails. Sam also walks us through how to tack and gybe with a normal sail set up and how to use the Code Zero.

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UPWIND TRIM TECHNIQUES

  • KEEP TELL-TALES FLYING

LIGHT WIND

  • GET BOOM ON CENTRE LINE

HEAVIER WIND

  • EASE TRAVELLER DOWN IF NEEDED

MAINSAIL TRIMMING

 

TELL-TALES ARE NOT FLYING OR HIDING = TOO TIGHT

  • EASE MAINSAIL SLOWLY UNTIL THEY BEGIN TO FLY HORIZONTALLY

 

HEADSAIL TRIMMING

 

*Look at the tell-tales 1/3 up the headsail*

LEEWARD NOT HORIZONTAL = OVER TRIM

WINDWARD NOT HORIZONTAL = UNDER TRIM

  • EASE UNTIL TELL-TALES FLOW EVENLY *don’t ease too far*

 

TRANSITIONING FROM UPWIND TO DOWNWIND

  • STEER DOWN TO THE CORRECT POINT (e.g. from 40 to 90 degrees off the wind)
  • SIMPLY EASE THE MAINSHEET AND HEADSAIL SHEET AS YOU TURN
  • AVOID THE BUBBLE AT THE FRONT OF THE SAIL *this happens if you ease too much*
  • DROP THE TRAVELLER DOWN THE TRACK IF YOU NEED
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HOW TO TACK

Tack – Bow passing through the eye of the wind

  • ENSURE CLUTCHES ARE CLEATED
  • TURN INTO THE DESIRED LOCATION
  • NO NEED TO TOUCH THE HEADSAIL ON A NEW LAGOON *new generation Lagoons have a self-tacking headsail*
  • ONCE ON COURSE STRAIGHTEN UP

HOW TO GYBE

Gybe – stern passing through the eye of the wind

  • FOLLOW THE SAME STEPS AS FOR A TACK…
  • + IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PULL IN THE MAINSAIL AS YOU GO THROUGH THE GYBE AND THEN EASE BACK OUT TO AVOID SLAMMING.

 

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CODE ZERO SETUP & DEPLOY

USE FOR REACHING OR GOING DOWNWIND WHEN 90-160 DEGREE TRUE WIND ANGLE

SETUP

  • ATTACHED TO THE FURLER ON THE BOW SPRIT WITH LINE ON PORT AND STARBOARD

DEPLOYING

  • ENSURE FURLING LINE IS FREE AND PULL CORRECT SIDE

CODE ZERO TRIM & GYBE

TRIM

  • EASE UNTIL IT BEGINS TO BACKWIND THEN PULL ON

GYBE

  • EASE SHEET AND PULL LINE TO FURL SAIL IN
  • GET ON COURSE
  • PULL OPPOSITE LINE
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