Originally Posted by dannc
Removing power from the sail is fast. You just have to be let the main sheet and jib sheet go. It aint' pretty but ya gotta do what you gotta do. And in fact, with the POB overboard procedures, that is exactly what you do. Let go the sheets. But, the sheet are let go at a given part of the maneuver.
The problem is with a couple as crew, and one goes over board, it is impossible for the remaining person to maintain 100% eye contact on the POB AND maneuver the boat. If one has a 2-3 people on board after one falls over board, performing the sailing POB maneuvers is possible. One crews only job is to maintain eye contact on the POB at all times.
Dan, First let me say I have sailed plenty and in overnight conditions, offshore with and without crew. We tried the written methods. I settled on head into wind to stall forward movement, tighten both sheets so foresail is centered, let go foresail halyard, then use mainsail to get to MOB by turning on a dime and pointing reverse course. I disagree with letting go of the sheets and letting sails flap in the wind, but you do what works for you.