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Re: Shroud tension by feel

As a rule of thumb, when you are sailing upwind in a decent breeze, your leeward uppers should still be tight, and the lowers can be a bit slack, but shouldn't be completely floppy. at the same time the forestay tension can be judged by how much headstay sag you see when you sight it along the centerline of the boat.
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