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Re: DDW and bailing out
I shall avoid the "are heavy-air jibes safe when some of your sailhandlers are drunk?" issue, as i think it answers itself, and may have been raised partly in jest at the outset.
But in heavy air or light, I have a suggestion for those who cruise or daysail with assymmetrical chutes. ( I frankly think syms are easier to jibe, even with the pole, since you don't have to "wipe" the spinny over itself to change tacks, but I find I must yield to the modern world on this.)
Here it is: Do go to wing and wing, that will get the spin "pre-jibed". Then, jibe the main. Much less chance of task-overload on you and crew, and less chance of the sideways forces on the new jibe overpowering your rudder and putting you into a roundup-knockdown.
(Racers typically have less time and more crew so I wouldn't preach this to them. But for us less-pressed folk, it's worth considering. Even so, it goes better without too much vodka ;-)