QUAN­TUM SAILS CRUIS­ING TIPS

IM­POR­TANT SKILLS TO KEEP FRESH

Cruising World - - Underway -

Quan­tum ex­perts share their list of less com­mon skills to keep fresh for when you re­ally need them.

MAN OVER­BOARD

It’s not only im­por­tant that your skip­per has a han­dle on this ma­neu­ver but also that the rest of the team does as well.

STEER­ING WITH THE SAILS

Whether it’s be­cause you’ve lost your rud­der or need to check if your sail trim is in bal­ance, know­ing how to steer your boat with the sails is a valu­able skill.

HEADSAIL CHANGE

It’s not un­com­mon for the weather to change the mo­ment you hit the race course. Know how to best man­age headsail changes and prac­tice tack and in-line changes. DEPOWERING YOUR SAILS When the wind comes up, do you know what to do to keep your boat flat? Make sure your crew knows their roles and what they need to do.

PUTTING IN A REEF

No one’s hav­ing fun when the lee­ward rail is drag­ging in the wa­ter. As­sign roles and prac­tice the process.

SAIL­ING TO A MOOR­ING AND AN­CHOR­ING

Whether you’re head­ing for an overnight trip or for a day­sail to a sand­bar to swim, the last thing you want is not to be able to find and hook up to the moor­ing or not have the skills to an­chor.

CHECK­ING THE RIG TUNE

Even if you don’t tune your rig for each sail, know how check it through­out the sea­son and ad­just as needed.

LEARN MORE

Read more about th­ese skills and more on Quan­tum­sails.com.

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