Which to leave up does depend upon the which way you are going, along with how you boat handles different conditions. Unfortunately for most of us, we can only swag as to what we will do in those conditions, as most of us will be lucky or is that unlucky to be in conditions described but 1-3 times in our lives. To my way of thinking, not that I should be thinking. is to have a general plan, follow as best as you can, then after, figure out what went well, what went wrong, and what you could have done better.
Kind of the same thing that I did at FWB race two yrs ago, then followed thru last yr, and followed thru agin in March at another race before I had to drop out when the boom broke! Same as when Jodie went aground.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!