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While you can glue a sail patch over the tear using 3M 5200, it isn't advised. 3M 5200 has a cure time of seven days or so IIRC, and removing it to do a proper repair job would be difficult at best.
I would highly recommend you contact a local sail loft and get the sail professionally repaired. If you can not afford to do that, get some sticky back sail cloth and put it over both sides of the tear and then sew through all three layers. The sewing makes the repair far stronger than the adhesive alone would ever be able to do.
STJK1's advice about turning more into the wind is very spot on... the boat should be as close to dead into the wind as possible. This also helps prevent the bow from blowing off and swinging the boat around when you least want it to.
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