Boating Safety - The #1 Step to Avoid a "Flying Jibe"

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Visit http://www.skippertips.com to sign up for FREE sailing tips! Sail before the wind and you'll need to control the mainsail boom. It all starts with one often-forgotten step that takes just five seconds. Watch this sailing video to learn more. Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https://www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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Bill Fournier
Bill Fournier - 3 years ago
Liked your illustration, but it seems like this would have a good case to talk about using a preventer as a additional safety measure. Also saw your video on setting up a preventer.

Never hunts to add other safety methods that would apply in keeping things safe.
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
Bill, thanks for your comments.
LinuxUser119
LinuxUser119 - 3 years ago
Good advice, I like your vids.
A crash gybe of Gosport in 45 knots back in 05 nearly decapitated me, luckily I heard it coming, but it missed me by mm's.
After that time I vang out the boom with a line , even if I'm running dead downwind.
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
Yep, a preventer is a really good idea if you will be running or broad reaching for extended periods. Good to hear you are O.K. Flying jibes can be really dangerous. Thanks for your comments.
spelunkerd
spelunkerd - 3 years ago
Also the main can act more as a sail, promoting better flow and lower pressure across the leeward side. However sometimes you don't want the main all the way out because in light wind the spin ends up too covered by the main, not filling completely.
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
I believe it's a good idea to keep the mainsail boom out even if it blankets the headsail or spinnaker a bit. It can be safer in shifty winds. Thanks for your comment!
Nigel Donald
Nigel Donald - 3 years ago
You didnt mention using a preventer
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
Nigel, see this video I made a while back: https://youtu.be/xMAi5TdacBo
Loanword Eggcorn
Loanword Eggcorn - 3 years ago
Capt'n John, the video thumbnail image shows a jibe preventer in the form of a whisker pole. Presumably that's a future video. :)
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
Actually, that's just a poled out Genoa on a boat I crewed on some years ago. We were running offshore bound for the Caribbean. We rigged the sails wing and wing, with the Genny on one side and the main out on the other. We had the mainsail set on a preventer. See this video on two ways to rig a preventer: https://youtu.be/xMAi5TdacBo
Moja Marica
Moja Marica - 3 years ago
Very true. But what about chaffing of the sail against the spreaders (in a fractional rig with angled spreaders)?
Moja Marica
Moja Marica - 3 years ago
Thanks, I'll try that.
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 3 years ago
Moja, ease the boom out until the sail just makes contact; then pull the boom in just enough so that the sail clears the spreaders.

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