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Old 05-17-2010
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I sail in a location with variable winds and a boat is powered by the foresail.

...for a quick response to increasing wind (if your caught with too much sail up):

flatten (depower) main ...go for small changes
spill main ...quick release
reef main ...easier than a head sail change
drop, reef or change head sail

I have a great heavy cloth number 4 that reefs... in medium winds allows for a close sheet using tracks inside the shrouds for great pointing ability
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