How to get out of that

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To get out of a broach you need to re­gain steer­age by get­ting the wa­ter to flow over the rud­der again. Many helms­men will hold the tiller to wind­ward hop­ing that it will even­tu­ally bite but it is ac­tu­ally bet­ter to make large ag­gres­sive move­ments of the rud­der to the cen­tre and then to wind­ward. This will work best in the early stages of the broach as long as all the sails are free to flap, thereby re­duc­ing the pres­sure hold­ing the boat over.

Once pinned over, the only so­lu­tion is to re­lease the pres­sure from the spin­naker or to take the spin­naker down com­pletely. It is es­sen­tial not to re­lease the guy be­cause once re­leased, it gives the spin­naker more lever­age to hold the boat over.

Drop­ping the spin­naker re­quires good com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the crew and a good un­der­stand­ing of who does what and when.

The bow team and pit need to work to­gether to make it hap­pen as smoothly as pos­si­ble.

The first op­tion is to trip the kite. Try just re­leas­ing the hal­yard a bit – some­times this is enough to pop the boat back up and per­mit the helms­man to bear off. If that doesn’t work you need to con­tinue to get the kite down.

Be­fore the kite drop/re­trieval ma­noeu­vre be­gins, and to en­sure the spin­naker doesn’t end up in the wa­ter miles from the boat, it is important ev­ery­one on board is aware of

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