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Frank Scott
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    With respect to stopping, simply taking down the sail will not stop a square rigger, due to the very high windage of the rig. What will happen is that you will lose directional control, and go downwind, and in strong winds that speed will be quite high. Heaving-to enables you to slow down or stop (by backing & filling) while maintaining full control of the vessel.