Re: Dousing a cruising asym without blowing the tack?
Using a pole on the tack does help to pull it off to the opposite side of the main. I do that frequently to get better down wind angles. Works quite well actually, and is supposed to be faster than a sym because you can get more sa to the side of the main with less overlap. Not sure with the shorter wind/leeward legs we have inpuget sound, my swag for this type of race, a sym will be faster. But if doing say a vic-maui, the AS poled out would be in the long run faster.
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