Coming ashore

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Coming ashore with an onshore wind:

Coming ashore with an onshore wind How to land safely with a beach party Felpham Sailing Club http://www.felphamsailing.co.uk /

Preparation:

Preparation When coming in to shore with an onshore wind, especially when the tide is high and there are waves, it is important to know the drill. In this example the tide is high, but fortunately the waves are slight which allows us to study the technique. In this case the shore faces almost due south and the wind is from the WSW. That is it is from the right and about 30 degrees offshore .

Initial Approach:

Initial Approach In this first picture we see the Laser coming in and the shore party are in the water out of shot to the right, that is to windward. The helm has raised his centreboard leaving just enough for safe steerage, and has slackened the kicker.

Arrival:

Arrival When close to, but downwind of the shore party he luffs up head to wind to loose speed.

Arrival:

Arrival And comes to rest so the shore party can grab the bow and hold the boat steady

Preparing for the trolley:

Preparing for the trolley The helm then raises the centreboard completely

Preparing for the trolley:

Preparing for the trolley And lifts the rudder. Note that the sail is completely depowered because the kicker is no longer tight.

Getting the trolley:

Getting the trolley The helm then fetches his trolley whilst his boat is held safely.

Positioning the trolley:

Positioning the trolley And passes it to the shore crew with the handle out to sea, i.e. to windward.

Positioning the trolley:

Positioning the trolley The boat is manoeuvred onto the trolley, stern towards the shore.

Recovery:

Recovery And the boat pushed downwind onto the ramp or beach . The boat is pushed clear of the surf or ramp and then the helm returns to the sea to help later arrivals.

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