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Topic: Running

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Sailing downwind is an exercise in balance and co-ordination.

The golden rules are:

  1. Keep helm and crew weight far apart (side to side)
  2. Think trim. Don't bury the nose and avoid dragging the transom

To check if the trim is right look at the water flowing past the transom. If it is turbulent you should sit further forwards.  If you are a heavy weight team you may have to compromise and drag the transom a little to avoid burying the nose excessively.