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Old 07-12-2007
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I am not very experienced using my Asymetrical spinnaker, but I do have some knowledge about adjusting it's trim.
My question is, what circumstances can cause an accidental broach? If you are becoming over powered, can you just dump the A-sym sheet and "head up" abit, or??? to avoid a problem. Have any of you experienced problems in this area?
I am well aware of the dangers of an accidental jibe, and am very wary of running dead down wind (don't do it). I have not as yet used a preventer, but am looking at ways to rig one that will work for my boat. By the way, I do mostly coastal cruising.

I am looking to be forewarned and to exercise prevention, rather than "reaction". Any advise would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Tom
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