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post #43 of Old 01-20-2008
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It sounds like you did a great job your first time out as skipper. If your crew was unaware of the outright panic you must have felt; well then kudos my friend. We had a similar experience last year with gusting winds reeking havoc with the furling jib. I headed into the wind but still had quite a time getting it in. I have a feel now for when to furl it in before we get into trouble and have practiced reefing the main in manageable winds. I will be better prepared next time knowing now what to anticipate with high gusting winds. It is a good idea to run through these types of 'drills' to learn the physical limits of your boat. Again, what a great story for your first time out.
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