IF IN DOUBT, WIND SHIP

Occasionally it is necessary to sail off a mooring with other yachts moored abeam on both sides and all of you head to wind. Having decided on the favoured tack, you will usually be confident either that you can gain enough way to sail out to windward of your neighbour, or that you have enough room to bear away and pass under her stern. If neither is the case and you fear a collision, consider turning your boat end-for-end by bringing her stern to the mooring. You can then hoist the jib and sail away down-wind, going nowhere near the boats abeam of you. As soon as you have sea-room, luff up to a close reach to hoist the main on an eased sheet.