|I experienced a knockdown  on our way back to Adelaide from Kangaroo Island in our RL28 Rings-n-Things. We were on a run and had a full main and no.1 genoa [masthead rig] when a front came through with gusts of 40knts+. We broached and laid right over rounded up into the wind and stood back up. This happened twice I then raised the centre board which stopped rings from tripping over the plate and then surfed most of the way back to Adelaide. When on a run in heavy weather I always raise the centre plate which does reduce stability slightly [still self righting by AYF haul down test results] Raising the plate has a very positive effect on helm control and consequently stops broaching. regards Kingsley |
p.s.this technique has also been used successfully on a Sunbird in similiar conditions.