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Re: More beginning sailing technique questions

Originally Posted by Sailormon6 View Post
If, however, you want to try wing and wing, try it first in very moderate breezes, and make sure everyone keeps their head down.
Also make sure that you don't have the boom out far enough to touch any standing rigging. If you do accidentally jibe the boom can then hit the standing rigging on the other side hard enough to cause problems.

The safest way to sail wing and wing is with a preventer that is rigged to hold the boom to one side. If you have plenty of crew you can instead have a crew member against the boom who warns where there is any backpressure and keeps it from crossing over on the boat. Obviously the safety of that will depend on the size of the main sail.

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