Turning the Serenity
I thought I posted this yesterday but I don't see it. Anyway, I need help in jibing my Serenity. I get dead downwind with the sail perpendicular to the board and cannot
get the board to turn further, at which time I fall off. On other boards in a slow speed
jibe I can bring the nose through the turn and sail clew first for a minute and then
complete the jibe. Do those of you who can jibe this board weight the back of the
board to get the nose up?
Thank you in advance
What fin do you have in your Serenity?
If you are using the big fin that was supplied with the board, I'd suggest trying
something smaller for your jibes until you get the hang of jibing a board with such
a long waterline.
I found that the best way to jibe the Serenity was to do a flare jibe where you rake the
rig really far upwind (the top of the mast swings well over to the upwind side).
This move the power in the sail way out to the side and drives the board around.
It may be that by trying to go "clew first" (as you would on smaller faster boards with short waterlines) you are actually stalling the outboard drive that would push the nose of the board around.
Also, where are you placing the mast foot.
Usually, on the Serenity, forward is better as this keeps the nose in the water and you get more "nose bite" to help keep the nose heading upwind when you "rail" the board slightly to leeward.
Moving your weight back on the Serenity can work, but it puts you in a narrower and less stable place on the board so coming out of a jibe gets even more trick than if you stay up a little forward of the centerfin where the board is wider.
Try "flaring" your sail well out to the upwind side, and flip your sail just after straight
downwind, well before you would go "clew first".
Hope this helps,
My guess is that you have to concentrate more on the footwork. Contrary to a normal planing board where you push down the inside rail (leeward rail down) to jibe the board, you have to push down the outside rail (windward rail down) to jibe the Serenity or any other board equipped with a centerboard.
While being on a dead downwind course, bank the board so that the windward rail gets down to water. The board starts to turn past the eye of the wind. Being still switch stance, continue to apply pressure to the old windward rail (the new leeward rail) to continue the turning arc. At that time, you can continue the turning arc and go clew first, or switch foot, flip the sail and rake it to the tail to continue the jibing turn to upwind.
You can practice a good exercise by making S curves while going dead downwind and alternatively pressing down the windward rail or the leeward rail without flipping the sail. Once you're confident with this footwork, you can next concentrate on the handwork with sail flipping and further footwork with foot stance switching.
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