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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

I tend to avoid 50 knot winds if I can, but that is storm trysail and storm jib conditions.


When the main starts to blanket the jib, the clew and working sheet start to relax/drop. That is a signal to head up slightly and avoid the gybe. Even with a preventer a gybe can get you into a lot of difficulty.

Hand steering in those conditions is very tiring.

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