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Heaving to in a Shark: Any advice?

On my quest to become a better sailor, I am planning to try heaving to on my Shark 24 soon. Does anyone have any advice? I am not quite sure what to expect. I will be trying this with a 180 Genoa and full main, since these are the only sails I have. I have watched Giu's video, and I plan to try his tacking technique first.
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Might not work too well with such an oversized genny...remember that the boat's ability to heave-to will change depending on what sails you have up and the wind strength.
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It will heave to just fine. After you've put it through the wind, adjust the main and ease the jib until it sits how you want it. Remember to secure the tiller to leeward. It might take a while to settle down, but it will.
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Thanks to both of you for your advice. I'll give it a try this weekend, if the thunderstorms hold off.
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What, you don't want to be the kite in Ben Franklin's experiment???
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Thanks to both of you for your advice. I'll give it a try this weekend, if the thunderstorms hold off.
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Unfortunately, I didn't get to try. There was no lightning, but also no wind.
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