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Old 05-06-2012
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Re: Help what sail to raise 1st?

I'm going to be contrarian here.
Motoring into the wind and raising the main first is the generally accepted practice. But what if you have no motor.
On a Catalina 25 I was very sucessfull in letting the genoa out about 100% then getting the boat moving close hauled. then raising the main with the sheet loose even with lazy jacks.
Another trick that worked pretty well was to tack with the jib only and quickly raise the main during the tack.
This was all single handinG of course in about 15 to 20k with no motor.

It certainly adds to your bucket if you can do basic maneuvers without the motor.
Practice it's not that hard.
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