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I am a bit embarrassed to ask but here goes.

I went to J school a number of years ago and went out on a J-80, put up asym and I let the tack out (not alot) my instructor said “no tack must hard down on the bowsprit”. But then I see lots of photos with tack eased. It seems to me it must be a point sail thing but I see tack out at about 100 degrees and tack out a deepish.

I can guess that for higher angle when “reaching” tack down may be correct and let it out to float sail in deeper conditions but why dis this guy tell me this I don’t get it. Got a comment?