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Made it back alive!

Took my mac 22 and a how to sail book to the Fla keys. Sailed from Key Largo to almost Key West. A couple questions. I thought putting an anchor down at the front of the boat would point the nose into the wind. My boat seems to stay sideways and drag the anchor? Also on a day that was pretty windy I was nervous about putting the main up. Wasn't sure if the boat would tip over or not. But I just couldn't seem to reef the main shorter with the wind going. It would make the loose sail flap too hard. Ended up blown onto an island. The natives loved it. Tried the jib alone because if the boat tipped I could just let go of the rope but with just the jib I could't sail into the wind? And it also flapped so hard it ripped. Advice please!
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