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post #5 of Old 08-01-2007
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Your next-to-last sentence expresses what I'd be afraid of--getting kicked up too high on the wind, and ending up either in irons and thrown backwards by the seas, which is hard on you and your rudder, or aback and crash-tacking. No one formula fits all boats, but to me the backed jib is a big safety factor, ensuring you remain on the same tack throughout.
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