The only luck I had was to far reach. I guss what I really did was roll up the head sail and reef the main tight, head into the gusts at 35 to 45 degeres off the wind and the boat responded well. Not always the direction you may want to go, but this has worked for me in these conditions. And yes my friend it was scary as hell for the first 10 min. It thought it almost got quiet when it lowered down to 30/35 kts, nuts ha?