Sailing Tips – Heaving To

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kevin Wensley, Director of Operations with Offshore Sailing, provides tips and techniques for heaving to in a sailboat.

    Kevin Wensley: Hello! My name is Kevin Wensley, I'm the Director of Operations at Offshore Sailing School. And I'm here today one of our beautiful Southwest Florida location of South Seas Island Resort. Today we're going to talk a little bit about heaving to. So we're going to turn the boat slowly into the wind until the movement where the jib is fully back. I know that it's going to be just be little bit of slack in this line as the jib back fills and when it does I am going to take the extra slack just so that I can over trim the jib and any second now, there we go. So now the jib is nicely over trimmed we are just looking for the jibs are fully back, there we go the jib fully backs, marks it's eye on it's course, holds the course and we just have to wait a little while once we lose the way off the boat and the keel and the rudder stops to stroll. And the bow will blow off and the bow comes down, that's when you want to move the helm and then we just wait a movement, bow finds the balance and we heave to. So there you go, there is heaving to, what a great way to take a break on a boat. But don't forget you are still under way and the boat will be moving in a couple of knots. So, jumping in for a swim might not be a good idea.