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    Downwind in a Force 5

    Rob, I know the rules but never assume the guys running powerboats do. I time my passage so that I am the only boat and generally do not take the main ICW lane as the abutment protectors kill the wind. I generally slip though on the windward side outside the main boat lane. The sound has...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    Thanks for your advice. Gonna be a couple of months before the water warms up enough to be safe out there unless I get a dry suit. It's all making a little sense. There is a section on my run home that I "Sail by the lee". By then the wind is partially blocked by trees and I can sheet out...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    175590, The centerboard down and the boom out to about 75 degrees makes sense. That will require an occasional jibe. When I jibe in heavy air should I let the boom go out to 90 and then trim it or do you cleat it to stop at 75 degrees? I have capsized before on heavy air jibes and often do a...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    Andy, The Intra Coastal waterway (ICW) runs through the sound and there is not only power boat traffic but it is pretty narrow where I must go. A broad reach would be ideal but unfortunately not enough room. That's why I have to master downwind runs in moderate wind. When the wind is over 15...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    First post, Sorry that I should ask questions on a Force Five but there are no active forums on the Force 5 and the Laser and Force 5 boats are quite similar. I have viewed many u-tube videos on Lasers and and still have not mastered downwind technique with my boat. I am fairly new to sailing...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    At 75 years old and 165 pounds, I find the Force 5 a real handful sailing down wind on brisk days. Can some one tell me how the position the sail, the vang, the Cunningham, centerboard etc. to minimize the chance of capsize. On many afternoons on my way home the wind picks up and is nearly at...
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