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Old 09-02-2007
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Running downwind at high speed, how to turn away?

I had a thought I figured I would post here again. This might sound a little goofy coming from me, but here goes.

When running straight downwind (beam reach or wing and wing), and the wind picks up beyond my (or my passenger's) comfort zone, how in the heck should I turn to keep from getting knocked down?

How should I bring the sails back to where I could then turn upwind and ease the motion of the boat out and reduce excess heel?

I know this sounds goofy, but I was thinking that if I was caught going downwind in that storm yesterday, I would have not had much of a choice but to hit the shore at 15 kts or tip the boat over trying to turn upwind. I never placed much thought into turning off of a downwind run.... hahahaha
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