Sailing Inside Booms

Another light wind play-time maneuver is sailing while inside the booms.   This is really just silliness that appeals to kids -- of course -- and a small percentage of adults without dignity and self respect... adults just trying to find another way to stay on the water and avoid responsible adult concerns such as work, chores, and taxes.   
Step 1 instruction for Sailing Inside Booms
Step 2 instruction for Sailing Inside Booms
Step 3 instruction for Sailing Inside Booms
Step 4 instruction for Sailing Inside Booms
Step 5 instruction for Sailing Inside Booms
Step 6 instruction for Sailing Inside Booms
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Rider: Royn Bartholdi

Steps

Tips for step 1)  OK!  You are juyst sailing along.  In fact you are slogging and ready to go to shore and call it a day.
Tips for step 2)  You decide to sail in the booms.   So you grab the mast right below the boom head, then you dip your head under the boom.  
Tips for step 3)  Next you slide your rear hand under the sail.   This is kind of awkward and you have to squeeze it between the sail and the boom while maintaining your balance and controlling the sail with your mast hand and head.  
Tips for step 4)  Hook the back hand over the boom.   Almost there....
Tips for step 5)  Now you slide the front arm up threw the boom (Houdine style) while controlling the sail with your back hand and head. 
Tips for step 6)  Eventually the elbow will go above the boom so you are completely in the sail.    Just reverse the process to get out!

Helpful Skills

Too much time... Too much sun... Love to experiment and play on the water...  


Tips

Falling while inside the booms is really frightening because you are very vulnerable and all locked up inside the sail with arms that are helpless.    Ouch!!!!   You can actually get hurt in this foolishness.


Ideas

Clew first, switch stance, one handed, and all variations are a possibility.