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post #2 of Old 03-27-2008
Zanshin
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You will probably notice that if you only have the jib up when going upwind that there is enormous pressure on your rudder/tiller that will only go away when you balance the sails by raising the main. Also, your speed upwind will be much slower with only the jib as the venturi effect with the main gives it a lot of it's power.
Going straight downwind you being pulled by the jib so not having a main up doesn't make too much of a difference and doesn't put any undue pressure on the boat.


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