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Thanks for the posts guys. Chuckles, I had an instructor some time ago who was always pressing me to use sail controls to make adjustments before resorting to the tiller. He argued it was more efficient instead of using the rudder which can slow the boat down. His argument made sense to me but like anything else, maybe it was just an opinion.

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An additional idea

Since you're looking to race regularly, check the web sites of the major sail lofts. North, for instance, has pretty extensive sail and tuning tips.

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If you're fairly consistently overpowered, then harden up the halyard, cunnigham, outhaul, and backstay. As the puffs come in, ease the traveler, not the mainsheet. When we race in breeze, the main trimmer is constantly adjusting the traveler to keep the boat on her feet. You can do the same cruising. If the traveler is dumped and you're on your ear, consider reefing while cruising. If racing, try working the mainsheet before reefing.

As for gybing, head dead downwind, rapidly pull in the mainsheet while the boom comes over as you make the turn, and ease as the sail fills on the new gybe.
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of course, if the boat only has a pin stop traveler.... easing it can be a royal PITA.
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