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Re: DDW and bailing out

Real problem is when you're wing and wing with preventor on main and pole on genny when singling. My order is to release pole, move genny. "Chinese" gybe as suggested by Bristol, then sort yourself out moving pole to other side or stowing it as conditions demand. Pulling in main in preparation for controlled gybe, handling wheel and sails seems just too much to do for me. When I set up for wing and wing try to have head sail on the side I will "bail out" to if situation demands. That way won't have to suddenly gybe the main. Can fool with it in non urgent fashion. Coastal sailing is chess not checkers. Need always to plan ahead.
Sometimes just roll in the genny. Sail the new safer course with just the main briefly to get out of harms way and decide what to do. Have great respect for the boom. Did a Bermuda. On another boat man was decapitated by a gybe.
Lowtide is right. With two should be easy to just gybe and stay safe. Great fun

s/v Hippocampus
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