Rudderless Dinghy Sailing


To steering using sheets and balance



Ensure practice is completed in a large, clear, safe and open area


Key Points: 

  • Raise centreboard / daggerboard to 1/4 up position
  • Consider reefing?
  • Apply Jib sheet to turn dinghy away from wind (bear away) and heel to windward
  • Apply Main sheet to turn dinghy towards wind (luff up) and heel to leeward
  • Balance the two sails to achieve straight line progress 
  • Aim for controlled gybes to stop yourself doing circles... (i.e. pull boom over using main sheet)

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