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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.
Right--that's why I was talking about single or short handled gybes. That is, what's the best procedure when you can only do one thing at a time. So, doing all that single handed (and ignoring the jib for a moment), we're talking about bearing off, sheeting in the main, gybing, then running up and easing the main, running back to the wheel to arrest the turn, etc.
Chicken gybes are sounding better and better, at least when there's too much wind to just throw the boom over by hand.
I do have an autopilot, but I don't think I can trust it to steer to a new course and hold it under gybing conditions. (It does a pretty good job of autotacking, but it seems to get confused by the boat response during a gybe)
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Lewisville Lake, TX