Navy 44 Sailing Guides


 Safety Considerations:

(1) Ensure jib/genoa sheets are clear both in the cockpit and forward.

(2) Check to ensure your intended course is clear of other boats, shipping, and navigation hazards.

(3) Ensure crew members are in safe zones for the maneuver.

(4) Ensure the mainsheet traveler is secured on both sides.


General Situation:

Assume going upwind in moderate conditions.


Required Positions:

(1) Helmsman.

(2) Grinder.

(3) Tailer.

(4) Working Sheet.  This person can double as Grinder.

Note: A Mainsail Trimmer may be assigned; however, it isn't imperative that the sheet and/or traveler be adjusted.


Sequence of Events:

(1) Helmsman calls out "Ready about."  Crew members take assigned positions.  If known, Helmsman lets the crew know to what point of sail they should trim on the new tack. 

(2) Tailer places sufficient turns on the winch for the conditions, takes the slack out of the lazy sheet, and stands in the cockpit.  Discusses with the Grinder whether they have all the turns they need or will be putting more on before they want the winch handle inserted.  Reports "Ready" to Helmsman.

(3) Grinder inserts double handled winch handle, and stands forward of the winch facing aft.  They place one foot against the toerail and the other in the cockpit.  Reports "Ready" to Helmsman.

(4)  Working Sheet uncleats sheet, removes excess turns from winch and stands in cockpit.  Reports "Ready" to Helmsman.

(5) After receiving "Ready" reports from crew, Helmsman calls out "Hard alee" and turns the boat into and through the wind to complete the tack.

(6) Working Sheet, as the boat comes into the wind, watches the luff of the jib/genoa and as it begins to luff takes the turns off the winch.  Once all the turns are off, they watch the sheet go through the turning block ensuring it does not foul.

(7) Tailer, as the other sheet is released, trims as hard and fast as they can.

(8) Grinder, as soon as the working sheet is cast off, commences grinding in the high speed direction.  Switch to low speed when needed and complete trim of jib.

(9) Tailer once Grinder switches to low speed, sit on cockpit seat facing forward with outboard leg straight.  Watch trim of jib and tell Grinder when to stop.  Tailer also directs a person forward to skirt the sail inside the lifeline if applicable.

(10) Helmsman communicate with Trimmers to determine exact trim and whether Helmsman wants to point or drive.

- This page last updated 05/04/2005 -