Running with No Boom

Downwind sailing is always easy, the wind and waves are at your back, the apparent wind feels lighter, and you can go directly towards your destination. The only headache in the system is the mainsail's boom. 


One trick we have found to get around the booming issue is to not use the boom at all! When sailing on a dead run, we will set the headsails and the trysail. This gives us a few advantages. 

First, there is no boom to worry about with accidental jibes. 

Second, there is less weather helm since you have a small sail flying.  

The combination of the two means that you can point downwind towards your destination and not worry about a thing. If you jibe, the trysail will flop over as effortlessly and un-dramatically as the headsails.