Yachting Monthly - - VIEW FROM THE HELM - ON the cover a Beneteau ocea­nis 45 makes the most of idyl­lic con­di­tions. photo: Chantier Beneteau

Sail­ing down­wind can be nerve rack­ing. The sails are right out and you might have ex­tra can­vas up. Gy­bing, rolling and han­dling large sails can all be a worry, but they needn’t be. A few tweaks and know­ing how to trim your sails for the con­di­tions can give you the con­fi­dence to get the most from your boat on a run. It’s ad­vice that the Golden Globe skip­pers will be us­ing for the next 30,000 miles. In the photo above, Nor­we­gian skip­per Are Wiig gets in some prac­tice un­der cruis­ing chute in his OE32 Ol­leanna off Les Sables d’olonne. See more on page 62.

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