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Bill and Linda Kenner

Chip,

An old racing techinque for a boat overpowered on a reach may help. Instead of pulling the tiller to windward and holding it there, try returning it to the midline and then jerking it back to windward. The theory that I heard is that when you keep the rudder to windward, it detaches the flow across the rudder and stall it. By repeatedly jerking it from the center line back to windward, you can minimize stalling and get maximum effect.

Another trick from racing involved releasing the mainsheet and then the vang/preventer to allow the main to rise and depower. Even if you play the main sheet it does not completely depower the main. Only the vang/preventer can do that.

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