- Check current, sea room, and traffic.
- Figure out how far you can safely drift ahead and to leeward.
- Go into close reach on the port tack, if possible (this will get you heaved too on the starboard tack, which gives you right of way)
- Bring head just through the wind, and as foresail backwinds tighten the sheet so the clew is at the lee shroud
- Let the rudder free and trim the main as if for a close reach
- Adjust the traveller and sheet so the boat gently drifts along
- Adjust the rudder and lock it so the boat is doing less than 1 knot forward and drifting slowly to leeward.
- Maintain a lookout
- Each boat handles differently. Practice in strong winds to get an idea of how she'll behave in storm conditions.
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