SailNet Community - View Single Post - Jib or Main question?
View Single Post
Old 05-17-2008
Idiens's Avatar
Idiens Idiens is offline
Larus Marinus
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Brussels
Posts: 1,756
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Idiens is on a distinguished road
For me it really depends on the route I'm sailing and the wind direction, of course. At 20 knots or 20 degrees heel, I reef. Depending on what the wind looks like doing, I usually reef the main much more than the genoa. That's mainly because its a lot more effort to reef the main, than roller furl the genoa. So rather than reef the main twice or three times, I often go straight to the third reef and keep out more genoa.

On the other hand, down wind, I tend to just roll in the genoa to start, if it looks like less than 30 knots. More than that in prospect, I remove the main and later furl the genoa. I usually prefer tacking down wind to reduce roll and bad sail behaviour.

Last year I did a lot of sailing on the genoa alone, but then my boat goes fairly well to windward on genoa alone.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook