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Perhaps I should add a couple of facts. I noticed this problem yesterday after circumnavigating Hayling Island from Itchenor (fantastic trip) and so had been sailing for 6 hours with plenty of tacking. Secondly this was my first time with 3:1 (previously it was 4:1) but I wanted to reduce the friction. Finally both blocks have swivels, the single block has the end of the mainsheet spliced onto a fixed eye on the block, the double block swivels mounted to the old and battered traveller track. I’ve just inspected the mainsheet and it had developed quite a twist which is probably just the end result of a long sail and answers my question as to the cause, but still interested in any comments. Should it be a routine job to untwist (rotate) the mainsheet until it is supple and lying nicely through the blocks?