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Re: Reefing Downwind
You have it about right.
How much do you "tighten the mainsheet"?
Do I understand that you are reefing the clew before the tack? That might solve the friction issue of the sail against the rig. But can the luff be brought down with the clew tension on?
Either way, it is certainly key (in my experience) to pull the luff down to the tack as the halyard is eased because any slack in the luff above causes problems.
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