Jib Trimming: An Illustrated Guide

Jib Trimming: An Illustrated Guide


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Jib Trimming: An Illustrated Guide by Felix Marks, Neil Hinds

Jib trimming is often referred to as a black art. As you recoil in horror at the prospect of trying to achieve the unachievable, rest assured that with the information contained within this book, you will soon be trimming with confidence and ability. The guide is full of annotated photographs and diagrams that show you exactly what you're trying to achieve. We have also explained the main 'secrets' that help others stand out from the crowd. Once this guide is in your head, you will be trimming like a pro. You're part of a team! The jib trimmer is part of a team. Whether you're sailing on a two man dinghy or part of a team of thirty on an ocean racing yacht, there are many other responsibilities on the boat. While you are preoccupied with the jib, the helmsman is concentrating on steering the boat, the main sail trimmer is focused on the main sail, and the tactician is deciding where to go and warning the team of changing conditions. Others on the boat will be hoisting and dropping sails, handling spinnaker poles, moving their weight around and doing whatever they can to help. A key to doing well as a jib trimmer is to understand how you relate to the other core members of the team. This book highlights when and how you can expect others to act.

In a new and ground–breaking format this guide:

* Demystifies the art of jib trimming
* Avoids use of confusing nautical terminology
* Illustrates concepts with diagrams and photographs
* Includes everything you need to know

Photographs and diagrams are used to explain and illustrate every basic jib trim concept including:

* Lift and drag
* Sail shape: depth, groove, foot shape, twist
* Telltale reading
* Sailing using gears
* Tacking
* Footing
* Wind changes including shifts
* Sea state
* Offwind trim
* Setting up the jib and genoa track, spreader markings and jib halyard

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904475224
Publisher: Fernhurst Books Limited
Publication date: 07/31/2006
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.79(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.19(d)

Table of Contents


Section 1: Creating Lift & Avoiding Drag.

Creating Lift With Airfoils.

Airfoil: Airplane Wing.

Airfoil: Sail.

Avoiding Drag With Airfoils.

Section 2: The Jib And Its Controls.

Annotated Picture Of Jib.

Jibs And Genoas.



Clam Cleat Vs. Self-Tailing Winch.

Hoisting The Jib.

Section 3: Sail Shape.

Overall Jib Trimming Goals & Means.

Sail Shape: Belly (Depth).

Sail Shape: Groove.

Sail Shape: Foot.

Sail Shape: Leech (Twist).

The Complete Shapes.

Reading The Telltales.

Section 4: Everything Changes All Of The Time.

Everything Changes All Of The Time.


Backing The Jib.

Using Gears.


Wind Changes.

Sea State.

Section 5: Offwind Trim.

Offwind Trim: Reaching

Downwind Trim: Running. 


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