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    Paul White
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      My sailing club has a steep and slippery concrete ramp which is very unforgiving. It can do major damage to a Weta – especially if the strengthening sea-breeze is blowing straight onto it and the tide is in, as the water deepens quickly and you can’t stand.

      Launching is OK if you have someone to store the trolley but how do you approach a concrete ramp if the breeze is up and the waves are breaking straight onto it?

      The answer is to follow the skiff method (Tip of the hat to Geoff Waldon for this).

      To save time at the critical moment, before you set sail, wrap a double loop of shock-cord around the “horn” of the rudder blade and under the top carbon pintle of the rudder stock so that the rudder will automatically pop-up when you release the locking rod. You can use the normal method of inserting the rod in the second hole to lock it up but it does take time when you’re in a hurry.

       

      1. Put the boat Hove-To away from other boats to prepare for arrival
      2. Release the Cunningham to de-power the sail, raise the daggerboard half way and unclip your harness (if worn).
      3. Wait until there’s a suitable gap in the boats at the ramp (bail out if someone steals your gap and go round again)
      4. Get out of Hove-To by uncleating the jib and steer downwind towards the ramp. Once you’re sure the ramp is clear, unclip the mainsheet and then put one hand on the tiller ready to unclip the rudder rod. If you need some power from the main use your hand to sheet it.
      5. As you approach the ramp, but still in deep water, uncleat the jib and quickly steer into the wind upwind of the ramp and raise the rudder.
      6. Remove the daggerboard and quickly jump into the water towards the bow (you have remembered to unclip your harness?) and grab the bowsprit with one hand while using the other as a paddle to keep the boat head to wind.
      7. Allow the boat to drift back to shore until you can stand but the stern is clear of the ramp
      8. Call out for a volunteer to find your trolley and push it into the water so you can reach it
      9. Get the boat onto the trolley and tie it on at the bow and the stern cleats
      10. Back the boat and trolley up the ramp and drop the sails as soon as possible to prevent damage from flogging in the wind.
      11. Put boat away and relax in the bar
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