Let us do more of the high wind stuff.
If you are sailing the Laser very much, you need to know that dead down wind in a blow is very unstable. You can recognize it by the sudden lurch to the right and then to the left. (I assume this is the wind first going around the sail, luff to leach and then leach to luff.)
Quick, go to by the lee or broad reach so the wind will flow one way across the sail and you will know where to be to balance the boat.
When sailing transitions, don't stop in the middle. Slow and unstable there. Go "lee" or "broad".
Some recent posts on my new blog
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