Yes, ease the main sheet for the gusts.
Also, the cunningham isn't used for reefing the sail generally... it is used for flattening the main sail, as is tightening the outhaul... both help to de-power the main sail... of course, if your sails are older and blown out... neither will have much of an effect. If you've already reefed the saiil and need to de-power it.. you can tighten up on the halyard and the reefing line to help flatten the sail.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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