Originally Posted by Gerrycooper56
In 10 knots of wind the main should be twisted a bit anyway - I usually fly the main via telltales and twist , degree or not is key
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"A bit of twist" and "twisted off" are two different things. We were talking about depowering the main by taking the top part of the sail completely out of action. You let the leech flop but you get the bottom of the sail drawing again by putting the traveler up over the centerline. It's a great technique, but properly used only when there is more wind than the sail can handle, so not in 10 knots of wind.
Another technique to depower the main is to "put it to sleep" by putting on maximum outhaul
and vang to make the sail very flat, then feather it by letting down the traveler. This won't work with a baggy sail, obviously. It works well with my new mainsail
, however, and I love this technique because it dramatically reduces drag and heeling and you can play with the puffs and lulls easily by playing the traveler and adding a bit of shape (slacking outhaul
and vang a bit) when the wind pipes down. This is good also if for some reason you want to sail slowly but with the ability to power up quickly when needed.