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If the wind conditions are changing back and forth so fast that I can't keep up with the necessary sail changes, then I consider it a good time to heave-to, or take the sails down and motor, or take a break for lunch. In most places, if you'll wait 20-30 minutes, it'll settle down and stop changing so rapidly, and you can go back to sailing.
If I sailed in an area like CD described at Lake Texoma, I think I would tuck a reef in the mainsail, and be ready to roll up as much of the jib as needed, to keep the boat under control in the gusts.
Last edited by Sailormon6; 05-18-2010 at 10:25 AM.