National 12 - find out more...

Topic: Tacking in strong winds


The 12 is similar to most 2 person dinghies but look out for the subtleties

The principles of tacking are the same as other 2 person dinghies, however there are some subtleties to master with the 12. The 12 is short and the hull is quite rounded which leads to common pitfalls. It can be easy to:

  1. Tack too fast - which results in losing speed
  2. Stall the boat - as the helm feels light it is easy to use too much rudder

Follow these steps and you will be a tacking god!

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