Re: More beginning sailing technique questions
I may be too new a sailor myself to give advice, but I have noticed that downwind sailing in waves I need to be much more conservative in my angle to the wind because the waves are also 'steering the boat' to a certain degree. In other words, I avoid running in waves because the risk of a wave sending me into an accidental jibe is too great for my liking, and sail on a broad reach instead.
(I also don't have a preventer - yet - but I set the traveler to leeward to minimize the impact of an accidental jibe if it happens.)
1987 Pearson 28-2, Deale MD