Seeing a fair amount of interest in the topic in different threads over the last few weeks, I'd like to invite you experienced folk to share your knowledge to help us noobs learn the tricks of the trade. Thanks for your help.
For noobs, I found this as a starting point:
Copy-and-paste the line below into the Google search window to get a list of sailnet threads mentioning heaving-to:
"heaving to" /site:http://www.sailnet.com/forums/