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It's been along time, like 40 years, so my memory may not be precisely accurate. Thus what I remember being taught and practicing:
If you are swamped, that is the boat is upright and full of water, then you have to almost capsize the boat. The recommended method was to stand on the gunnel and pull on the halyard, preferably from the lee. As the boat capsizes, a lot of the water will come out of the boat (assuming the flotation is in good order), and then, before the mast hits the water, release the halyard and let the boat right itself. All of this is easier done without the sails up.
Hope this helps. I do know we were taught to deal with both capsize and swamping.
John
 
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