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Pinching all the way into the wind can bring you to a stop and make it hard to keep control, but if you "feather" or pinch partially while still keeping some control and forward motion, you can calm things down quite a bit. Also, old, baggy sails are not your friend when the wind comes up -- you will want the sail relatively flat, with controls adjusted for the wind (usually that means some outhaul pulled out, some cunningham down, traveler eased a bit and able to ease yet more in puffs, backstay more tensioned if you can do that, etc., depending upon your boat). For many boats, "tuning guides" are written to suggest settings for different conditions. A rigger, sailmaker, or experienced sailor could give you tips on how to get the most out of your boat. PS Most chicks don't really dig excess heel.