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    Posted: 05 Apr 05 at 12:32am
Yes when overpowered on the 4000 the main is just left to flog.  This assumes you are trying to get high.  Yesterday though we had a f5 and all the spinnaker legs were deep so it was just, get it up, get out on the wire and hang on.  The centreboard was wailing like a banshee, and I know we were going fast I saw a crew on a nearby raceing cruiser just stand still on the fordeck with his mouth open.  Mind you another 4000 lost their mast.
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Alright for some we had no wind!
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yeah thank you all for the advice, had a blast in the 200 this weekend the boat hasnt gone that fast before im sure.  But will have to look at applying all the tactics to light wind, when they are needed that little bit more.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Apr 05 at 6:02pm

On the MPS if it is breezy most ease the main for the gybe; but if your boat handling is good enough and you can keep the speed on you can leave it cleated almost on the middle.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote stuarthop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Apr 05 at 5:48pm
We had our symetrical kite up yesterday on the scorp and the main was just flapping in the middle of the boat while we were flat out planning

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tell tales on a kite are assential and have at least 3 sets of them!

when people compare kites to jibs it is because when they are up the jib becomes virtually useless so it takes over from a jib!

on the hurricane 5.9sx yesterday we had the kite up and the main was doing bugger all going down wind was weird on the helm!

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Hopefully you have tell tales on your mainsail leech.  They should be on the brink of stalling if you are trying to get maximum power from your main.  If you are sailing a high performance skiff type boat you'll be surprised how far in you have to sheet the main.
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I seem to have the gist of sheetingthe kite now.

But I'm still not sure what to do with the main.

How far in should it be sheeted and does it change as it gets windier? What kicker tension should there be - release it at the windward mark or leave it? Do the singlehanders like MPS and 700 sailors gybe without sheeting out the main? If so how do they survive above a Force 2?

A simple rule of thumb like the excellent- 'If in doubt, try letting it out' posted earlier would be useful!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote redback Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Mar 05 at 7:11pm
I suppose a jib is supported by its luff, so it can't collapse.  Under sheet a gennaker and it collapses.
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