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Re: MOB Recovery in gale conditions

Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
Jack, If you can bring the boat around by “heaving to”, falling off into a run, and then lifting and luffing back to the MOB – What is the purpose of dousing the headsail? If you miss the pick up on the first pass, you will still have to foot off to gain headway before you can re-start and that puts you in a figure 8 retrieval for your second pass. Help me out here as I’m missing something. (is it by taking down the headsail and elongating the retrieval circle, you are giving yourself more margin and options if you don’t come right on the MOB?
I leave the headsail up for the reasons that you stated. The quick stop takes it down probably to prevent sheets from flailing around.

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