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post #6 of Old 10-19-2010
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I don't think this was relevant in this case, because RD says he had his main out as far as it could go without chafing on the shrouds (and I don't know how far back they are on a C250 but this sounds like a potential argument for a traditional backstay), but I have a question that comes up in this kind of situation:

I've seen it suggested a couple times that max efficiency running dead downwind will be with the main sheeted in a bit, allowing some wind over the front of the sail and making the foil "fly" rather than sheeting out all the way and stalling the lee side.

If that was the case, would an appropriate response to a puff (especially if you're worried about gybing) be to sheet out, and I guess move the jib to the other side to run wing-and-wing if you hadn't already?

Obviously if things build too much you could easily find yourself overpowered and at risk for a broach
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