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What kind of boat are you doing this in...what sail controls does it have. Flattening the main sheet, using the main halyard, cunningham, boomvang, outhaul and backstay tensioner are a good way to help depower it and make the boat heel a lot less, using the traveller can also help a good deal.

A lot of getting a smooth gybe is practice and repetition... It would help if you said what kind of boat you're gybing, since some boats have different requirements than others. For instance, a sonar, which often has a self-tacking jib, has less for you to do than a soling would, which usually doesn't have a self-tacking jib...even though the two boats are relatively close is size and setup otherwise. Also, do you have crew or are you talking about learning/practicing all this singlehanded?
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