Set sail In The Land Of The Midnight Sun and cross the Arctic Circle
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We always manoeuvre under sail if we can. Sailing off a quay requires careful timing. It is an advanced manoeuvre.
All the crew need to know exactly what their specific role is going to be and are well briefed beforehand so they understand what is about to happen. Once the operation is started it will all happen quite quickly and there is no room for mistakes.
The object is to sail off the quay and immediately turn 180° to sail south. We need to avoid driving the stern into the quay so we use the staysail, which is the smallest sail, for backing.
The other sails do need to be driving the boat forward as we leave the quay side, so all lower sails, except the jib, are set well before we start. The jib is hoisted at the last moment to avoid flailing sheets. Smart line handling is necessary and the crew need to be alert.
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