Lali/Webfoot, I agree there are two separate issues. Depowering and keeping the boat off the rocks. Depowering - So I understand that the sail should be able to vane freely in the wind in front of the boat. The problem ive had thus far is that my rigging would not allow for the sail to get to the totally depowered posistion. That being said, this most recent time I did get the sale down and still the sheer wind and waves pushed the boat into the shore and I coud not overpower with a paddle. Which means I may have to rely on sailpower until the last second. I like the advice of a longer line to vane the sail when approaching on a full run. I also like the idea of the mast cleat except that even with the sail down I seem to not be able to overcome the wind and waves. Although I would likely have a better chance with the time saved using a cleay vs. Unwraoping everything. Does a cleat on the mast hurt it's structural integrity? Keeping the boat off the rocks - This it looks like I either put out a temporsry moore of maybe jump off when shallow enough if I can depower in time. However, I still need a "helping hand" when I run to get the dolly. Thats usually when she goes sideways on the rocks. Any thoughts?