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post #4 of Old 03-02-2004
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self-tacking jib

I started crewing when low-aspect mains and non-lapping headsails were the norm, and still consider the disappearance of jib clubs to be the seminal event in the popularization of small sailing craft. To this day, I consider tacking a 150% genny in a small gale is a pleasure compared to first getting the club to set right, and then avoid being swatted overboard by it.
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