When overpowered, there is always a tradeoff on how much to flatten the sail with mast bend and how much to ease the mainsheet. In our J/24, we have the choice of pulling on the backstay or easing the mainsheet to keep the boat at the correct heel. In flatter water, we typically like to pull the backstay tight, drop the traveler, and sheet hard. We can feather up and depower with nice height. As it gets lumpy, we need to put the bow down, so we ease the mainsheet more and have a slightly looser backstay. We don’t drop the traveler as much, and we play the mainsheet to steer through waves and react to pressure changes quickly without compromising heel. As a rule of thumb, the flatter the water is, the more we bend the mast to depower.