Flipping Tiger

Part of dinghy sailing is being able to handle a flipped or capsized boat. Prior to Tiger the only boats I had sailed were full keel boats that essentially don’t capsize.  So the idea of a boat on its side is not comforting to me.  Asya on the other hand has flipped lasers for fun as a kid, so I suppose we are the two ends of the spectrum.

Rather than sail scared of the eventual capsize and not explore the true capabilities of our boat I decided to tackle my fear head on.  Primarily I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to right the boat on my own, but to prove I could right it on my own the boat needed to be on its side.  That part proved more difficult than expected, in fact I wasn’t able to overturn the boat solo which in itself was comforting.  But, with Asya’s help we eventually got Tiger on her side.

Returning Tiger to upright was easier than I had expected.  Since this was simply a trial we didn’t have any sails rigged which definitely made the maneuver easier but the goal was achieved, we could right our boat!  I than repeated the maneuver solo, that proved a little more difficult.  With the reduced weight on the lower hull and less force on the upper hull I had to work a little harder to get the boat upright but was able to right Tiger without too much difficulty.

Aside from being proud that we were able to right our boat we are much more confident sailing the boat.  Now that I am less afraid of an overturned boat I am much more comfortable on the water.  That comfort is absolutely the prize for confronting my fear of our boat on its side.  I am not looking forward to our first pitch poll experience but at least I am confident we will be able to get our boat upright afterwards.  If by chance you are reading this and still haven’t flipped your dingy yet, I highly suggest that you do, the confidence it gives you is worth the few nervous moments.