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post #6 of Old 02-25-2014
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Re: Anyone completed ASA 114? Or 214?

On a multihull:
-- one reefs for the GUSTS, not the ambient wind.
-- on a beam reach or lower, one does NOT turn up/round up in a gust. You turn DOWN, and that is a real biggie.
-- one steers downwind/deep to raise or douse a chute. (or furl a jib, although I suspect this works for both mono and multi) I have crewed for an ex-monohull guy on his catamaran and he takes down his main to sail deep with a chute. This is a bad idea, mainly because you won't have the blocking effect of the main when it comes on to blow. (I watched him like to not be able to get down his chute, in fact.) Turn down, allow the main to block the headsail, then you have all the time in the world to deal with the headsail, everything calms down
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