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post #28 of Old 06-14-2014
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Re: Problem Turning Windward

Earlier this week tomorrow’s forecast stated the following: “NW winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to 20 knots.” In this situation, do you pay attention to the normal wind speed and do full main and full jib, or do you reef the sails because of the speed of the gusts?

The rule of thumb is to reef at the dock if the the thought crosses your mind. If you go out and it is too boring it is really easy to shake out the reef.

Putting in a reef in 30 knots is not fun when you are new at it even though it will get easy in time.

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