Notes from the foredeck

Updated 07 Feb 2011

(photo by Ian Roman)

Foredeck thought-exercise

Think of tying a necktie
…onto someone else
…while they are unconscious
…lying face down, wrapped in a tarp
…on your garage roof
…in the rain
…with an audience.

Sound like fun? Get on up here!

Sailing at the front is tough, tricky, and your mistakes are very public. I really enjoy it. So here are some of the things I try to pay attention to… hopefully they could help you if you’re learning the bow.

Before the start



Spinnaker set

Dip-pole gybing

End-for-end gybing

Spinnaker douse

Spinnaker peels

Further reading...

If you want to know more, check out the excellent book, Racing Crew, which covers all the basics, in detail and with humour.