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Location: New Mexico, USA (Heron, Elephant Butte lakes); Arizona (Lake Pleasant)
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Re: Closer to the wind question
It's harder when you're singlehanding or have green crew, but getting the timing down right on your tacks and bringing the sheets over quickly and smoothly after you've got the boat starting to tack can really help reduce the workload of grinding in the new windward sheet, as well as help the boat come up to speed faster on the new tack and lose less speed in the tack. If you're singlehanding a tiller boat, you might be able to use shock cord to make a tiller tamer that will let you let go of the tiller for a few seconds to take care of the sheets and winches.