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Re: DDW and bailing out

Maybe it's just me, but I am not a big fan of preventers...
I sail shifty air a lot, and 90 degree shifts are commonplace. A preventer would keep the boom on the correct side, but perhaps at an exaggerated angle to the wind, causing excess heel, or worse broach.

The simplest/safest thing is to "chicken-gybe" and do the 270 to change direction...

But the RIGHT way, would be to "soft-gybe." Sheet in the main, lock the traveler amidships, start your move through the gybe, help the boom over. Coming from DDW to broad reach. We had to do 2 of these at the last couple hundred feet in our last race, in decent winds with 155 genoa up... It helps to keep the communications open with the crew (even if they are slowed with alcohol).

Accidental gybes are dangerous for every reason stated above... it's breaks spars, rigging, knuckles, and heads. It can swamp and or broach boats too.

For the record I try to avoid Wing on Wing as the winds pipe up mostly do to those 90 degree shifts I have to live with... but NOT practicing what I preach, we did a short stint at the end of the last race Wing on Wing, as well as 2 gybes. Crazier than that if the "RUN" had been longer, I'd have thrown the Symmetric up.
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Re: DDW and bailing out

For us due to solent rig to gybe the genny you need to roll it up then let it out on the new side. Get more speed and much less drama going wind and wing. Can keep the set up for 15+ degrees either side of DDW with just little tweaks. Have line attached to end of boom on both sides lead forward to bow and then back to cockpit. Controlled with clutch at side of cockpit. Preventor line has break in middle with quick release. Takes a second to set up and switch from side to side. Use it all the time and still have a head on my shoulders.
90 degree wind shifts must be hard to deal with. Fortunately don't have that problem.
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Re: DDW and bailing out

Typically, on a Catalina 22, when reducing sail, you reef the main before changing the genoa...
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Re: DDW and bailing out

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Maybe it's just me, but I am not a big fan of preventers...
I sail shifty air a lot, and 90 degree shifts are commonplace. A preventer would keep the boom on the correct side, but perhaps at an exaggerated angle to the wind, causing excess heel, or worse broach.
Ah the pleasures of inland sailing... Just ONCE I would love to have some directionally stable wind without too many puffs so that I can play with sail controls more and see their effects with stable wind. Alas, it's not to be where I sail most often. Oh well! I've got lots of practice playing the mainsheet and traveler though!
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