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

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
I tend to avoid 50 knot winds if I can, but that is storm trysail and storm jib conditions.


Only a foul would no try to avoid that. I sailed out of Ceuta (North Africa) with a forecast of force 7, with downwind sailing, bound to Portugal. I said that I was sailing with 30/35K winds (and I sailed with those winds most of that voyage) when outside the West end of Gibraltar strait the wind suddenly increased violently, gusting fiercely.

You did not answer my question since you din't sail in 30/35K wind with a try sail and a storm jib on



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