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⇑⇓IT ALLOWS US TO WORK IN RELATIVE COMFORT In the December issue there was a letter that asked if it was possible to heave to with just a main up. You responded that typically a foresail is backed to maintain balance. Having been caught out on the open ocean several times in winds between 45 and 60 knots, we've been able to heave to without having a headsail set. Our Pacific Seacraft 40 has both a roller furling jib and staysail, and we've found that, in high winds, the furled headsails provide sufficient pressure to offset either the triple-reefed main or trysail. That being said, if someone is thinking of going offshore, the best thing they can do is go out and practice heaving to in varying wind and sea conditions to find out what works for their boat. By the way, when things are getting boisterous at sea, we frequently heave to prior to going forward just to stop the seas from breaking over us. This allows us to work in relative comfort and safety. Becky Swan & Chris Goode Bonne Idée, Pacific Seacraft 40 San Francisco Becky and Chris — The feedback from your firsthand experience is much appreciated. ⇑⇓FIRST THINGS FIRST We are planning to do the '08 Ha-Ha with friends from Europe. Do you know the dates yet? Ed Evanish Planet Earth Ed — The Ha-Ha folks don't come out of hibernation until May 1, but before crashing for the winter, they announced that the dates for the Ha-Ha 14 would be October 28 through November 10 this year. Although Ha-Ha Honcho Lauren Spindler hasn't made an announcement yet, based on past history, we'd expect Ha-Ha 15 to be from October 26 through November 8, 2008. ⇑⇓YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR LENNON In his response to a letter by John Haste of the San Diegobased Perry 52 catamaran Little Wing, the editor said that he didn't think that John Lennon was responsible for the

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Latitude 38 April 2007  

The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 April 2007  

The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.