Re: main sail blown?
If you need to de-power the main, you can leave the mainsheet tight and ease the traveller. That way, you don't lose your sail shape, but you change the angle of attack so as to ease pressure on the rudder. This is a temporary tactic I use whne dealing with gusty conditions when i don't want to reef (or reef more).
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Catalina 350 (hull# 273)
LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT REMOVING POLITCAL TAG LINES -- NOW!