Last Saturday CBI held an open house and welcomed close to 100 new members. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped conduct orientations, take new members for sailboat rides, and helped cook some delicious b.good burgers on the grill. It was a breezy day with it's share of capsizes. We measured the water temperature and it's creeping up to 70 degrees....not bad.
For you new members we taught several rigging classes yesterday so I am going to share some tips and tricks for rigging a Mercury sailboat correctly and quickly.
1) CVS is a Retail Store
Once you have pulled your Mercury out of the slip to the front of the dock and secured it with a NIGHT KNOT, put your Centerboard down first, loosen the boomVang 100% (often referred to as simply the Vang), then uncleat the mainSheet. Then you'll put on the Rudder and bend on the Sail. (IMPORTANT! In order to keep the Rudder safe from collision with other sailboats while at the dock please leave it until last.)
2) When bending on the sail remember this: front before the back and bottom before the top. I'll give you a clue, the tack is not the back, the clew is.
3) When hoisting the sail crouch in front of the mast where you can easily hoist and guide the sail's bolt rope into the mass groove. You will be positioned such that the boom can not bump you on the head and the boat will be very stable because you are centered athwart ship.
4) TOP SECRET TRICK!! Better than the secret handshake!!! Do not tighten the boomvang until you have cast off from the dock and are a boat length away. AND when you are returning to the dock make sure you have loosened the boomvang as soon as you are inside the island or similarly close to the dock.
Next blog I'll continue to reveal some of the most helpful tips and tricks about tacking, gybing, avoiding irons and docking on a breezy day. Stay Tuned.