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Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To
I am not following why you winch the genoa onto the windward side b/f tacking in windier conditions. If the tack is done slowly, does the genoa pop full of air as violently? (when heaving-to I usually coast in irons for a few seconds to kill most of my forward momentum, then complete the tack).
Sometimes we find it tricky to do a slow, controled tack in windy/wavy conditions, so winching the reefed foresail over keeps things settled and prevents a slamming tack. The sail can flop madly while in irons during these conditions too, and so pulling the sail over also saves some wear. In reality, we rarely need this method and find a simple tack without releasing the genny sheet is just fine in good weather.
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Last edited by kwaltersmi; 11-15-2012 at 11:14 AM.