Yes, John it does help. I would say that I'm choosing my words badly AND I lack full understanding of what's happening.
I did drop the traveller but I have an old, small boat with a narrow stern and the traveller doesn't go very far so it's effectivness is a little limited. My boom is end-sheeted and the traveller is on the stern. It is not possible to relocate it to a wider point due to a step in the cockpit and the sliding cabin top. It's just a limitation that I'm learning to live with. It sounds like I should have had my vang tighter as well. I am still learning how to coordinate all of these tools into a smooth, cohesive system.
I'll make an effort to get my language right in the future.
I appreciate you sharing your knowledge of the local weather patterns. I know that this is vital to understanding what is happening to me out there.
I'm not saying that I did great out there, but I learned a lot and the boat was under control and did what I wanted once the jib was up.
S/V Old Shoes
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