We tried to capture what it is like to sail Naoma close hauled (sailing very close to the wind) and tacking (turning Naoma so the bow crosses through the wind). On this day we were sailing down the narrow lagoon of Fakarava. It was an active day with many tacks, almost felt like racing! This is not what you would typically see on longer multi day passages…
To help with the sail shape on the Genoa (the sail on the bow of Naoma) we wanted to switch the sheet (rope controlling the sail) from the inside track to the outside track. We wanted to hold our course and speed so instead of bringing in the sail or letting it flap with a loose sheet during the maneuver we decided to use a special technique to maintain tension in the sheet. First we tied a another line (rope) to the sheet using a knot called a Prusik. That knot is used to sort of hold the sheet under tension while we take it off the winch. With that sheet under tension the sail still had good shape while we put the new sheet on the winch and pulled it tight. Once the new sheet was under tension the original sheet became slack and could be removed. We did not film adding the second sheet to the sail nor feeding it thru the outside track but you can see there is a second line, (it’s the green one). I hope this makes sense. 🙂 I think it will when you see it in action.
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