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post #19 of Old 07-27-2018
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Re: Pulling down head sail in strong winds?

I agree with Phil. Lower your headsail while going down wind. The main not only blankets the genoa, but the relative wind that is flapping the sail around, is much lower ( 2X your boat speed lower compared to motoring into the wind at the same speed). If you are doing this single handed without a tiller pilot, check to see that your boat will round up as you take the genoa down. With a downhaul rigged, you may be able to do this from the cockpit.

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