Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Mandeville, LA
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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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