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post #5 of Old 08-18-2013
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Re: Is the tension belt really needed?

And When it breaks while you're fully hiked, it's a backward flip reverse-face plant into the water.
I found this disorienting--"..where am I? What happened?" Ah, now I remember, I was sailing a Force 5, and now I'm upside down underneath the Charles River". I figured it out after that, and the boat had waited for me (why a little weather helm is good ;-).
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