Re: handling gusts
agree with husonian. on a mast head rig can pull the traveller to windward and ease the main sheet. then have crew play the kicking strap to vary twist. can use "lazy" sheet with block moved as necessary to vary where jib clew is positioned and get same effect if you have enough crew to play working and "lazy" sheets. cruisers may just let traveller down in gusts and set up jib with fair amount of twist. by letting traveller down don't get weather helm. remember anytime you steer the boat you slow it down. any time the boat is out of balance without a neutral helm it goes slower and auotpilot or windvane works harder.