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It's my first season sailing with the SMB fleet in the Star. Tuning is
going well, but I'm having trouble with our windward mark roundings, getting
the backstays set, rake set, pole out, main trimmed, and jib trimmed. I've
studied the Star Tuning tape but we just aren't fluid coming around the
mark. What is your sequence and set-up as you approch the mark? Tips for
rounding the leeward mark would be helpful too!
Star & Stripes

Hi Star & Stripes,

Having a good checklist for the mark roundings is important. You want to do
everything in the same order each time and also in order of importance.
Rounding the windward mark there are a few things that need to be done
before you even bear away.

1. The vang should have been preset for the run before you even start
the race.
2. Approaching the mark the crew should release the leeward backstay on
the last tack made into the mark or if that's not possible then at least a
few boat lengths away. Sometimes I even reach forward and do it so the crew
can stay hiked.
3. You also want to make sure the decision is made to either bear away
or gybe set.
4. I also like to make sure that my mainsheet is clear to run out so I
will pull out at least a few arms lengths of line and make sure there are no
knots in it.
5. The last thing before rounding would be to release the main
6. As you bear away around the mark you will be releasing the mainsheet
and the crew needs to stay hiked out for the initial turn down so the boat
will turn easily.
7. The first job for the crew is to put the mast forward. Since the
main is so big it's slightly more important than putting up the pole. There
should be reference marks on the backstay line.
8. The fwd mast puller must also go on at this time, some have it
rigged to the helm, some to the crew. Pull on just enough to make the mast
straight, no more than that.
9. Assuming that the main has gone out properly I will grab the
windward jib sheet and pull the clew in to about 14" from the jib track.
10. By this time the crew should be ready to snap the pole onto the jib
and he then pushes out the pole (straight forward) and when on the mast I
then pull the pole back and cleat it off. If I have a big tangle in the
main or some other issue the crew will do the jibsheet but otherwise that's
the helms job.
11. Next would be to take a look at the vang to make sure it's correct.
12. I'll release the jib tack and then the outhaul.
13. The crew hoists the jib halyard and then moves forward of the mast.
He should check the mast at this time to make sure it's straight.

At the leeward mark pretty much everything is reversed but I will pull some
cunningham on before the rounding and then fine tune it after the rounding.
I also pull in the jib sheet when the crew takes down the pole to make sure
it doesn't get caught around the bow. It doesn't really matter which
jibsheet you pull, usually it's easier to grab the windward one. Just let me
know if you have any other questions, I'm sure you will!

Mark Reynolds

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