The high speed slalom gybe is made easier with flat water. However, you can make it easier on yourself if you are selective about the spot where you will gybe. If you are in a race and have to gybe around a buoy, then at least time it so you can initiate the turn off a swell. These next few tips should help you to control your gybes better and make them more efficient during a race.
South Africa, Cape Town
JP Slalom 114
Neil Pryde RS6 7.8
Flat to small chop
When race gybing, don’t lean your sail over too far, try to keep big movements to a minimum
If the water is really smooth, you can go from full speed and just bear off hard into your turn to cut some of your speed
Make sure you are finishing your gybe right at the mark
Bear off after you pass the mark to pick up speed quickly
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