Re: Back stay boom supporter broke - now what?
We most often seem to need to reef while beating anyway, so we set up to continue to sail closehauled on the jib alone and reef the main with way on, much as Jeff describes. Head-to-wind means running the engine, or risking stalling/going into irons/basically losing control of where the boat's going to go, generally at a time when that's a bad idea...
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)