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post #21 of Old 07-13-2012
St Anna
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Re: Switching from close reach to beam reach on 20 knot winds

I just came across this post and apologies if I misread a reply, but the first an easiest way to reduce weather helm is to ease the main traveller. This will have a huge impact on your sail trim. A main sheet can be released but you may find the rudder unresponsive when on certain points. Traveller first, mainsheet and genny next.

Anyway I'm still learning after almost 5 decades which means to me, that there is a lot to learn and I am slow. [must have been poor teachers earlier on]

Club races will tune your abilities and get you to know your boat.

Go singlehanded - its also a great way to learn to manage everything.

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