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Old 12-07-2008
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Heaving to at high speed.."the hand brake of the seas"...video

I shot this video yesterday, and it that shows how a heave to at high speed is done..as seen from the outside..thought you may benefit of this..

this manouver is particularly imortant to know and know how to execute in case of a MOB situation, while sailing upwind at high speeds..

With this manouver, if done rapidly I can heave to and end up picking up the MOB almost within an arm's lenght of by side or stern...

Please practice it, and if you have any questions just ask...

Basically it consists of a tack without tacking the genoa, to windward, locking the rudder fast and setting the main, rapidly at its best heave to position.

The boat stops moving immediately and will slowly drifts back to where it was coming from...

Please enjoy and try it out..one never knows....

The video shows how fast the manouver can be done, and how rapidly it stops...

The "hand brake" of the seas...

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