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Re: Switching from close reach to beam reach on 20 knot winds
Ok, I admit to being somewhat ignorant of yawl sailing, but it sounds to me like your center of effort was too far aft, due to the full main, and the mizzen still being raised.
This creates a lot of weather helm, and makes it difficult to fall off of the wind.
I understand that you reduced the jib, which is good, but I would have doused the mizzen, and maybe reefed the main before falling off.
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