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Shroud rollers can help... you can make your own with some ABS or PVC pipe.
Avoid shackles for connecting the sheets, rather tie them on with longish bowline knots so they slide round easier - or take a single long sheet and tie a larks head into the clew at the sheet's midpoint for less bulk..
Depending on conditions and the sail itself, briefly backwinding the sail can help blow the sail around once the sheet's released - but I'd not do this with new sails or with laminate sails if you've got those.
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)