How to get out of that

Yachting World - - Practical -

If you do find the bow start­ing to bury it is im­por­tant not to panic. You need to get the crew weight aft as soon as pos­si­ble to bal­ance the boat and to help lift the bow. Gen­er­ally don’t sail too low in these con­di­tions; you need to be slightly higher to keep the bow up.

When the nose gets com­pletely buried there is a dan­ger of los­ing steer­age and rolling out, which will prob­a­bly end up in a Chi­nese gybe, and is def­i­nitely not rec­om­mended.

How to avoid the sit­u­a­tion in the first place

In the first sce­nario, as­sum­ing it is a bear away round the top mark, find a nice exit an­gle – not too high or too low – and a de­cent lane down which you can bear away. If the bow­man goes for­ward it is im­por­tant they keep their weight out, and aft as much as pos­si­ble. The helms­man should sail a bit higher than nor­mal un­til things set­tle down be­cause this helps to keep the boat un­der the spin­naker, while lift­ing the bow a bit.

It is im­por­tant for the crew to have a plan in place be­fore they go into the top mark. Ev­ery­one needs to know what they are do­ing, and the vang needs to be freed off. The

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