So, we practiced all the usual maneuvers. Sailing the various points of sail, tacking, jibing. Then we practiced something I think will be a very important maneuver to us, heaving to.
Heaving to is, in essence, a means of "parking" a boat. It is a maneuver that comes close to stopping the boat while leaving it in control. In the middle of the ocean, if you just drop the sails to stop, the boat is at the mercy of the waves and currents. Heaving to leaves sails up and keeps the boat pointed in generally the same direction relative to the wind.
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Even in the heat of the day, out on the reservoir with some wind made for a very enjoyable time.