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Tartan Ten Ratty

Montrose Harbor

Chicago, Illinois

03-23-3008

Racing involves preparation, skill and decision making. Improving in these areas improves results.

While the cruising sailor can spend time rigging things, adjusting things and sorting things out, during a race, time lost sorting things out lets the other boats gain.

So, a good race starts with preparation. You can have a look at what needs to be done here. As the race progresses, crew coordination in precisely performing tasks during maneuvers is important.

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  1. Rigging The Spinnaker Can be Done at the Dock.
  2. So can Rigging The Jib and Main.
  3. Everybody in the crew contributes. We've raced under spinnaker with four to eight people.
  4. Basic seamanship comes into play when leaving the Dock
  5. Once we Hoist and Set Sails we are sailing.
  6. A basic coordinated maneuver is Tacking.
  7. Under Jib and Main, Gybing (or Jibing) is used to change course when going downwind.
  8. The best crews nail the Spinnaker Hoist
  9. When the race is over, we return to harbor and moor at the slip
  10. A quick look at cleating a line.

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