Assuming a furling jib...bring it down to a smaller size. Then sheet the mainsail in to centerline while the jib continues to carry you down wind. Now reef the mainsail. Then turn to your next point of sail.
Umm... Cam in your post #3... you don't mention steering or turning at all... just sheeting in... which on many boats is pretty tough to do in higher wind speeds, without risking a gybe... and an accidental gybe at higher wind speeds is a good way to lose the rig.
Rockter...Nah..I just push the button on my electric winch and transform into a power boat!! (g)
Actually...in heavy wind I do EXACTLY what I said above in post #3 and it works. I have never not been able to bring the main to center ...you simply have to steer the boat to a position where it is ABOUT to jibe an then reel it in a bit as you fall off again and repeat as necessary. No power winch or great strength needed.... But opinions seem to vary so I guess you have to try what works on your boat.
Since you are closer than me...will you give these guys a kick in the arse...they are off to a rough start!!
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