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    Paul White
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    Because the Weta doesn’t have a traveller like a Laser* for example, you have to flip the tiller extension around the back of the boat (except for those who have twin tillers or twin mainsheets).

    * Update: For the World Masters Games, the Australian team developed a Laser-style traveller bridle which allowed the tiller to pass under it which means you can keep hold of the tiller during a tack. More details here.

    There are 3 tacking methods I have come across:
    1. Dave from Weta West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zegyWkjLJPA
    Push the tiller over and lay it on the tramp, uncleat the jib as you tack and grab the sheet on the new side. Pull on the jib and reach back for the tiller at the same time.
    Pro: Works in all winds. Con: You have to let go of the tiller during the tack and reach back for it after. It’s tempting to overtack by pushing the tiller too far.

    2. Miranda from Weta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSu83YVr1qA
    Tack the boat first and cleat the jib on the new side then flip the tiller around the main and swap the tiller behind your back as you cross.
    Pro: Forward facing.  Tiller always in your hand.
    Con: Probably better in light winds as you’re sitting on the wrong side after the tack with the jib and main cleated.

    3. The Waldon Flip – developed by Geoff Waldon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uewsLIjsDsA
    Flip the tiller extension around the mainsheet so you’re sailing with it on the wrong side before you tack. Then tack and release the jib and cleat on the new side. Swap the tiller hand behind your back.
    Pro: Forward facing.  Tiller always in your hand.
    Con: Can be tricky in strong winds as you have to flip the tiller around while in the middle of the boat.

    Which tacking method do you use?1. Dave
    2. Miranda
    3. Geoff

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