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Re: main sail blown?
Am I the only one here wondering what the outhaul tension was, sounds like there was a forward bubble in the main (which is OK as you want to depower, but it indicates the slot was too narrow too, so either the draft was too deep in the main, or the jib was really sheeted in close)?
There's a difference between backwinding the main and a little speed bubble - where the forward 15% or so is just soft & fluttery. No problem with that. If you try to eliminate that, the main will be over-trimmed.
Just blade it out and don't forget about broach control!
If you're having trouble with too much pressure on the tiller or have to turn the wheel 90 degrees to hold course, retrim your sails or your crew-weight or reef the main, your balance is all out of whack.
It is by Will Alone I Set My Ride In Motion.