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Re: Sail Trim: Minimizing rolling in sloppy seas

keep your speed up. beam-reach to a broad reach (90 to 150 degrees relative wind) (Remember a beam-reach is _still_ going to take you down-wind) and keep the sails drawing. chance course to mis-match the boat's natural frequency in pitch or roll versus the frequency that it receives the waves.

Sometimes, I can find an angle at which the boat just rides over a wake (or wave) with not much pitch or roll. This is usually about 15 to 20 degrees from parallel to the wave.

If the wind is very-very light, you can also try forcing the boat to heel (use the crew for rail-meat) so the sails will tend to hang in a better shape and be ready for the next breath of wind. If it won't continuously fly, douse the spinnaker & put up a headsail, maybe a #2 instead of the Genoa as it will be easier to get it to the correct shape.

If you _are_ moving downwind, remember steer up in the lulls and down in the puffs.

It is by Will Alone I Set My Ride In Motion.
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