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Duck Gybe

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Bear away on the approach for maximum speed.

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Move the back hand as far as possible down the boom to enable you to over sheet the sail.

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Drop the harness without upsetting board trim by briefly sheeting in.

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Drop the body weight low.

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Allow the board to settle, applying mast foot pressure by keeping low and hanging off the boom.

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Move the back foot out of the strap and onto the leeward rail.

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Initiate the carve, sheeting in hard and pulling down on the boom with the front hand to keep mast foot pressure.

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Keep carving hard. Shortly before downwind as the sail starts to feel light in your hands, throw the rig forward towards the nose and release the front hand.

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Catch the very end of the clew with the old front hand and pull the sail back violently past your ear while tightening the carve through back foot pressure.

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As the board carves round the sail will come up ready to be caught with hands in the sailing position. Don't sheet in.

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Carve the board hard through the remainder of the term, staying low and not sheeting in.

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As the board comes round ensure the body weight is low as you start to sheet in and apply the power.

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Sheet in, staying low.

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Continue carving onto the new reach while powering up the sail.

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Put your feet back into the straps.

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Hook in and celebrate.

Sailor: Ian Long
Board: Starboard Combat 86
Sail: 5.7m Storm
Location: Moon Beach, Egypt May 2006

This page last updated: 13th Aug, 2020.

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