. If you get into too much wind; spill the sails and drop to a reach until you can get your headsail reefed more and try to head up again. If the wind gets too high sail downwind so you can sail with better control (good idea to start the day going upwind so you don't have to beat into the wind on the way back to the marina).
Thanks to all for the advice. The above surprises me a bit. Normally on the cat - my instinct is to steer MORE up wind if I heel too much. On the very responsive cat, it's quicker to change direction that to spill the sails. In general - I heel more on a beam reach than going upwind. Is this different than the keelboat?
Also - upwind heeling is an indication that you have too much sail. How about down wind? Never a problem on the very light hobie. But I assume gusts could damage sails and or rigging on the keelboat. How do I know how much is too much?
Sorry for the basic questions - I know I should just read up - and I will. But in the meantime. Thanks,