Maintaining head to wind
Not sure what you''re sailing there, but on most dinghies the headsail is about 1/2 the SA of the main, so heaving to should work if you leave the C/B and rudder down without resulting in a capsize. I think you have to try this and be a believer before you can go forward and reef or raise the mainsail. I did this on a Wayfarer 16 and it worked. It will lie almost abeam, but try it. If a puff hits you in this position, the boat just drifts to leeward. Do you have two-line reefing? can it be re-arranged to handle from the cockpit? That''s the ultimate solution.