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Switching from close reach to beam reach on 20 knot winds
SO this past weekend, I was out sailing on light winds all day...Decided to head into New Bedford harbor for a bit then started to head out...
Upon getting out to Buzzards Bays, I start realizing the 30 minutes I was away the conditions changed dramatically...went from 5-10 to 15-25 knots...
So we had too much sail up, decided to roll in the genoa a bit and keep going home...Was on a starboard tack and heeling pretty good...but then we needed to turn to head home and the wind would be hitting us on a broad reach, same tack...
So I thought I could just turn the rudder, release sails a bit, and it would be smooth...but, I was having a heck of a time turning and felt like the rudder would break on me trying to switch to broad...I eventually got there but don't think this is normal. Did I do this right or am I missing something?
I should have decided to either reef or just put down the main when I had noticed the whitecaps from a distance leaving the harbor and sail on reduced foresail and mizzen. Next time I will put down the main if I plan to broad reach on heavier winds...
But thoughts on how to switch from close to broad without risking breaking my rudder or is this normal?
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