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post #21 of Old 06-11-2014
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Re: Problem Turning Windward

Also, it sounds to me that you were stalling the jib by sheeting it in too tightly. When you stall the sails, then you are swept by the current. If you ever find yourself in the same situation see if you can make better headway with full jib sheeted just so there is no luff fluttering. These kinds of experiments will give you great knowledge about your boat and how it sails in various conditions. I still get very nervous in tight quarters and it takes discipline to rely on my knowledge and experiment a little until I can get the boat to go where I want it to go.
If we didn't sail in SCAs we wouldn't sail. While the comfort factor goes to hell, the sailing can be pretty good.
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