50 kts winds will shred most normal cruising sails, heaving to with a try sail and a storm jib is probably not wisely considered or possible because of sail balance considerations.
Getting beam on in 50kts with the likely wave heights and with even a try and storm jib will broach most sub 30 footers, I would not even consider it.
Every boat handles different - I don't carry storm sails so for me the only option is bare poles and motor down.
If you really must sail, storm jib alone and run downwind, or jib and try to make way to windward bashing the waves.
Pays to watch the weather so you don't have to choose how to die.
Last edited by chucklesR; 07-29-2008 at 01:44 PM.