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Originally Posted by astraeus View Post
Another option if you have a quick response time is to heave-to, but you need to be close enough when the boat "stops" to get a life sling to COB.
Another upwind technique is the heave-to, sail-to, heave-to.

1) heave-to and then sail on a beam reach until the COB is abeam DO NOT TOUCH THE SAILS.

2) sail dead downwind until the COB of off the quarter.

3) head up onto a close reach keeping the COB about 1.5 - 2 boat lengths off until the COB is off the quarter.

4) heave-to and drift down to the COB.

This requires no sail handling, can be done by one person and works with a life-sling. You allows maintain control of the boat. If you miss you can just sail around again.

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