As mentioned above, before reefing, you need to get the sails as flat as possible. To do this, add a LOT of tension to the halyards, both main and headsail. Then crank on the outhaul for the main. If you have a back stay adjuster, make it tight.
If that doesn't work, then it's time to reef the main.
Get out there and experiment. There is no replacement for experience!
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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