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Old 08-26-2008
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It's tough to depower the main on a dead run, but it's possible to a degree by sheeting the main IN and presenting less area to the breeze. This can be difficult to do if it's windy, and is inherently a bit risky because your are putting yourself closer to an accidental jibe.

If you find yourself overpowered on the run, you're best to come up onto a reach and reef (if you haven't done so already) or douse the main and then run on the headsail alone. Hopefully you'll have the sea room to do so.
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