Re: Problem Turning Windward
Lots of good advice here (as always on sailnet). In addition to all that I'd like to encourage you to get out there in conditions that push your comfort zone a bit.
You will certainly be safe on your boat in and SCA with main and jib up. So if there is an SCA in effect don't call off your day on the water. Instead, put in a reef (or two) in the main. Do it at the dock before you cast off. Use a smaller jib if you have one. push yourself and your boat a bit. Learn what feels right (for your boat and crew) in various conditions.
Above all be safe! You'll be amazed at how soon you will feel comfortable in conditions that used to be a non-starter for you.
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