How to get out of that

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The red spin­naker boat has a bit of a roll on. It looks like a great, fun boat, if a bit loose when the breeze is up. I used to sail Mumm 30s, which sim­i­larly got re­ally fun in the breeze. The chal­lenge was in how far you dared to fly the chute away from the boat. Ease the sheets for a bit more shape and the boat would light up, but as it loos­ened up you had to start wail­ing on the sheet and guy to get the kite back down to­wards the boat, low­er­ing the cen­tre of ef­fort.

My ad­vice is al­ways to have some­one on the vang ready for a quick re­lease and avoid sail­ing deep soak­ing an­gles un­less you ab­so­lutely have to. Keep it hot and fast when­ever you can, but if you do have to soak in this wind range, keep the kite pinned in.

The crew of the boat with the white kite will have been mon­i­tor­ing the red kite’s progress for some time. I imag­ine the con­ver­sa­tion in the build-up would have been some­thing like: “Port-star­board cross in two min­utes. We will con­tinue on port. At the mo­ment we have no duck”. I would then dis­cuss the prob­a­bil­ity

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