A couple things no-one mentioned (I think)
Cunningham - if you don't mind ugly you can get a pretty good shaped main by attatching something to the second reef point near the mast and hauling down till the draft moves to the right place (forward/flat as possible to depower).
I prefer to work the traveller in gusts instead of the sheet, depends of course on how easy it is to work the traveller. IMHO the traveller is where it's all at in heavy weather after you get the main as flat and tight as possible ( sheet + vang + cunningham ).
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