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Yes, we will sometimes do a "chicken gybe" or tack if that seems the most prudent course of action given the conditions, racing or cruising.

Kind of the opposite of "wearing ship."

(The old square-riggers just couldn't get their bow through the wind to tack, so they would gybe the whole ship around from one closed-hauled course to the other -- "wearing ship.")

How's this for a challenge: gybe a symmetrical spinnaker single-handed (yes, you can use your autopilot). I'm not sure I could have done it with my old dip-pole set-up (although we would do that double-handed), but after switching to a carbon pole with jaws for end-for-ending it is do-able.

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