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Wranglin' the old girl

went out yesterday with the guy that i own the boat with (Tab), my wife and my sister... all of whom question my sailing skills..
we had a great day, 70F and 6-8knts...
we sailed for around 5 hours and had a great time...

So good in fact, Tab and I decided we would go out again today, because he doesnt get alot of time off work..

went out without the girls around 11AM and there was no wind..
we went putzing around with the motor to look at the channel and head closer to the bouy near the ocean..
around 1230 there was still no wind and we decided to head back in..
as we started to go back the wind increased (we had the sails up) to 5 then 10 then around 15..

we tore up and down the bay, and tacked and jibed many times, pretending to tack and "round a mark" in a race....

we had her heeled over about 25-30 degrees, and got to experience her heading up into the wind when we went too far over..

what a fantastic day..

so here's the question..
we were letting the mainsheet out to spill wind, so it was more easily controlled .. and wondered how we should put a reef in..

there is a reef grommet at the front of the sail as well as two lines through the sail and a grommet in the back whose line leads through a block and to two cleats..
we know we should pull the back of the sail down, and tie the center 2 lines down. but...

it looks like the front grommet should be tied down to the boom, ( is that normal ) there is a short metal bar holding the tack of the sail in, but it is not curly/curved enough to hold the reef..

whaddaya think ??

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