Sailing FAQ

How well does an InterClub maneuver?

Extremely well under most conditions. The round bottom and large foils make the IC a roll tack/roll jibe machine. You can probably tack an IC in ½ its length or less in most conditions. The IC can get a little squirly running downwind in the breeze when they tend to deathroll.

Will an IC plane?

Well – sort of, but it doesn’t mean you’re going fast. It usually takes about 16-18 knots of wind and a beam/broad reach to make them plane. Since most IC courses are windward leeward, any planing is usually done before the start.

I can’t stop capsizing my IC! Help!

See “How not to capsize your IC“.

How do you get an IC out of “irons”?

This is a common problem before the start when people are luffing on the line. There are times when the boat just won’t move no matter how hard you pump the tiller. I have found that the quickest way to get an IC out of irons is to backwind the sail and go into reverse – pushing the tiller to port so that your bow will head off on starboard tack. Assuming you are clear of everyone, give the sheet and the helm a few quick pumps to get going again.

Where’s the best place for the helm and crew to sit sailing upwind?

New IC sailors who sail other dinghies often sit too far forward on the boat. Sitting too far forward digs the bow knuckle in and creates excessive drag. The helmsman should typically be behind the thwart and the crew either sitting on the thwart in light air or hiking close to the skipper when there’s more breeze.

Why do you rake the centerboard forward on an IC?

Forward CB rake helps balance the helm, especially in light to moderate conditions where extra weather helm is needed. See Geoff Moore’s article on the “IC and Balance“.