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First, you really shouldn't be running DDW with an Asym Spinnaker... Most asyms aren't efficient for that point of sail. If you're broad reaching with an Asym Spinnaker, it is pretty unlikely to broach or jibe. The most likely cause of a broach with an asym spin is a radical change in wind direction, which generally doesn't happen on the ocean.
Freeing the sheet is the simplest way to prevent a broach with an asym spin.
BTW, I would recommend you use a Dutchman Boom Brake or something similar rather than a preventer, especially if you're cruising or sailing short-handed. A Preventer can cause some problems in an accidental jibe, including running the risk of breaking the boom or pinning the boat rail down.... A boom brake serves much the same purpose but doesn't have as much of risk of breaking the boom or pinning the boat.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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