The death roll or quick roll to windward on the downwind legs has been a long term problem. The picture above is from Yachting January 1979 an article by Finn sailor Van Collie about fellow Finn sailor Edward Bennett of San Francisco. (I have all kinds of old papers here.) Edward practiced capsizes in order to handle them better. Edward proposed to lie back in the water instead of trying to get back in the boat. That unweighted the down side of the boat and helped turn up into the wind. Van Collie called it “Bennett’s bath”. In the old days when I tried it, it never seemed to work well, so now I try to remember the “boat whisperer” advice.
My Name is Tillerman and I am an Aerobian
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