Originally Posted by NICHOLSON58
Depends on your boat but its usually better results to loose the jib and leave the main up - possibly reefed. The helm can more easily be overpowered by the jib alone.
I'd also point out that leaving just the jib up will result in lee helm generally, and if you fall of... you're done.
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