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NOT QUITE READY TO REEF

Q: I race on a small lake in the Midwest, and most afternoons the wind picks up and is fairly steady, but because of the hills around the lake we oft en get squalls that come through. They don’t last long enough to justify taking a reef, so I was wondering what is the best way to keep from being overpowered.

—Joe Tapper, Horicon, WI

BRIAN HANCOCK REPLIES

It depends on your deck layout. In fact, there are two things that you can do to keep from being overpowered. First, you need to twist off the

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