When Heaving-To Is Dangerous

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The key to heaving-to safely is keeping the boat directly downwind of the slick created to windward by her own drift to leeward. I can’t overemphasize how important this is. If a heaved-to boat forereaches fast enough to get out from behind the slick, heaving-to can actually become more dangerous than continuing to sail, because it is the slick that causes waves to break before they reach the boat. So getting ahead of the slick will result in waves breaking over the boat.

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