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As stated, you won't get it out of the cleat in high winds.
Thumbs, I don't think that'll work in his case, as he wants to use the winch after he cleats it off. So the cleat would need to be on the highly loaded side. I've had trouble un-cleating a cam cleat before in high winds, and I'm not sure that would be the answer if there's little to no purchase on the mainsheet (assuming there's not since its lead to a winch).
Each sail in-use needs its own tackle or winch. Jammers are for lines that are adjusted less often (halyard) or to hold lines that are temporarily out of use (spin sheet when jib is up).
Stay safe. 3 winches are sort of the minimum. Jammers work on the load side, with cams on the tail side. Cams are for thing you can hand hold.
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