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Heaving to off the wind

Im curious to find out if anyone has ever heard of this method for heaving to while on a broad reach or run. I found that by taking the boat onto a run the headsail collapses behind the main. When this happens I bring the headsail across the boat to the windard and haul it in close to the shrouds. I then slowly bring the boat up into the wind and it gently comes to a stop in the hove to position. I single hand alot and found it quite easy to accomplish this manuever in most any wind. I much prefer this over coming up to close hauled and tacking over especially when I'm alone. A side benefit is that the boat remains on the original tack and can continue on it's course without having to tack back over again once underway.
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