If you're doing this properly, bringing the main sail to center line helps prevent it from gybing unintentionally and slamming across the boat. The boom in sucha gybe is lethal and can severely injure or kill people if they are hit by it.
You should be bringing the mainsail in as the boat is turning, and then releasing it as the boat's stern comes through the eye of the wind.
Originally Posted by bacampbe
Several people have mentioned winching in the mainsheet, then quickly letting it out on the other tack as the stern comes through the wind.
Why is it okay to winch in the mainsheet at your leisure before the gybe, if it's so important to let it out quickly on the other? Do you not risk a pre-gybe broach if you spend too much time with the main close to center prior to the turn?
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