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Start out solo in the right conditions. Light winds check tide if applicable. Practice refine. Practice reefing dockside so you'll no what to do before it starts to blow. It's not rocked science practice that's all and enjoy. My biggest advice when gybing is first head off the wind ease the jib sheet when your set bring in the main sheet traveler to center postion and tighten the main sheet accordingly, meaning the stronger the wind the tighter the sheet. Why, so when you gybe the distance the boom moves is minimized and in stonger wind that it very important you don't what to loose any hardware. Take one wrap with the lazy jib sheet so your ready. Now gybe, release the loaded jib sheet when it begins to luff, I like to do this all at a nice slow pace as compaired when tacking. The main thing now is not to headback up in the wind to far untill your in controll of the boat. It will want to head up naturally on it's own especially in stonger winds, so before that happens tighten the jib sheet accordingly and add one or two wraps around the winch. Now you can start to head up into the wind in a controlled manner and ajust the main. Best to practice gybing in light air it's basically the same in heavier air with more load so watch your fingers and the boat will really want to round up quicker so be ready for it. If it's really blowing tacking is safer. Also watch boat's around you, you can learn alot buy watching others. Good and bad. PEACE happy sailing.

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