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    Eskimo Roll

    I have this issue with my Musto Skiff. If I can't get the rig to spin downwind of the hull, I simply right the boat and let it capsize again on top of me. That way, the rig ends up down wind. I then simply swim around to the board and right as usual. However, this method doesn't work in tide or breeze. With tide or breeze on an upwind hull, the boat will quickly turtle. In this case, the eskimo roll is the only solution. For that reason, I now sail with a mast head float. I've never worked up the nerve to try the roll but I know a few Musto sailors use this technique.
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    Tactics: longest tack or lifted tack?

    This is really helpful - thanks Mozzy. I just picked up a TackTick and hope to fit it to the boat this weekend. Hopefully, this will all start to make more sense with a bit of practice.
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    Tactics: longest tack or lifted tack?

    It was until someone suggested hiking! Otherwise, thanks all for the replies - they're very helpful.
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    Tactics: longest tack or lifted tack?

    ...I'd miss the 27 square metres of sail area on my Musto...and the trapeze. I do hate hiking...
  5. Having missed a few weekends on the water for various reasons, I've been reading Mark Rushall's excellent book. I have a question: how do I decide between sailing the longest tack first or sailing on the lifted tack (assuming the longest tack isn't the lifted tack)? Is it a case of deciding how badly the course is skewed and how much the wind is shifting, balancing the risks and rewards accordingly?
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    Arm Fatigue

    The 49er is an entirely different question for the simple fact that it is a double-handed boat. The nature of a single-handed skiff is such that you simply can't react to gusts in the same way that a 9er crew does. In the Musto, 700 or 600, you simply can't play the main as effectively as a crew with both hands on the sheet. The problem is compounded when you consider what happens when the single-handed skiff sailor eases in a gust. On these boats, the ergonomics of the boat prohibit you from keeping to the tried and tested 'ease, hike, trim' method for responding to gusts. If you get hit by a gust, and ease the sheet, you can't allow the sheet to run through your hand as you would in a sitting down boat like a moth or a laser, where the extension is held across the body. Because the tiller is over the rear shoulder, or, worse, in a 'pan-handle' grip, you simply can't sheet in and out as effectively. Instead, you end up bringing your weight inboard as you ease. This compounds the effect of the gust. Now, not only is the boat heeling due to the effect of the gust, it's also dipping the leeward rack as you follow the sheet in. If you watch the top Musto sailors in breeze, you'll notice that they control the power with the tiller, not the sheet, for this very reason. It's not the most efficient use of a sail. Ideally, as the apparent wind goes aft in a gust, you would ease the main to adjust the trim. However, it is the fastest way to sail these boats.
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    Arm Fatigue

    Virtually everyone uses the cleat upwind on single handed skiffs. That said, when learning, I removed the cleat from my 600. You need to massively improve your grip strength and pulling muscles if you're going to sail without it. That means getting in to the gym. Focus on your grip strength and pulling movements. Think farmers walks, rows, dead lifts , trap bar dead lifts, pull ups and lat pull downs. Don't waste your time on isolation exercises for your biceps and triceps. Concentrate on compound movements which will have the most carry over to sailing. If you want to get the most out of your boat, you'll need a level of fitness that simply sailing every weekend won't develop. Endless cardio won't cut it either. If you're new to lifting, I can post a beginner's programme here.