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Re: Help what sail to raise 1st?

Most any boat will tend to 'weathercock' upwind if the aft most sail is raised first.. this is much preferred to having a forward sail up alone that will, if filled or backwinded, wear the boat around and into a probable gybe while you're struggling to raise the aft sail second.

Trying to raise or lower a mainsail in any position other than head-to-wind will make it much harder as the partially raised sail will tend to plaster itself onto the spreaders and shrouds, adding drag and causing chafe, possibly catching and tearing a batten pocket as well.
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