It was a calm day on the water 8mph with gust to 15mph, a perfect day to try out new things. Today it was heaving to. I tried the standard approach last spring. This is where the jib is backed after a tack and the rudder is turned in a attempt to tack back resulting a balanced hove to position. It didnt work well and we ended up fore reaching instead. Wasnt really sure what we did with the main nut i think there was tension and lifting airflow on it. Today it started again with the backed jib again and the turned rudder, but this time i let the main go out over the lee side. As if going dead downwind. That worked great. There where several good gusts and we just drifted along for about 5-10 minutes snacking on a lunch. I think this technique is called tbe rod stop. We did not bother to place a preventer on boom since it was behaved. Afterwards we blew the jib and reset it, pulled in the main back, and centered the rudder. Back to sailing. Pretty exciting.