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Backwards Sailing

Backwards Docking

The hardest part of backwards sailing is getting started.  The rudder is ineffective as a control mechanism until there is water flowing past it.  
Notice how the boom is pushed out and the tiller is used for "inverse" directional control.

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And here is a video made by Antonio, a star student of SailBerkeley, about backwards sailing for his CSC Senior Project: