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First, I would highly recommend you watch the following video regarding the use of a backstay adjuster.



To figure out when the backstay is at 20% you'll need a tension gauge. You'll also want a ruler or some other type of marked scale attached to the backstay adjuster in some manner, or marking the line that is used by it. Once you've used the tension gauge and marked the backstay adjuster for the 20% tension level, you'll have to experiment with the backstay to find what settings work the best for what combination of wind speed and point of sail.

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