Well I was racing this past weekend in gusty conditions and having some difficulty managing my lines, mostly the main. I was losing it overboard, usually through the tramp, and getting it wrapped around various things such as:

myself
the shrouds
and even the main blocks

I discussed the problem with one of the experienced racers and he suggested that the factory specified line lengths may not actually be the best lengths and suggested that it might help to shorten some of the lines a bit. My lines are the factory specified lengths.

Unfortunately there arenít any active H16 sailors at my club that I can ask.

Does anyone have suggestion that can help in this area? Do the experienced H16 racers ever shorten their lines?