The key to successfully heaving-to is to have the jib aback. To do this, sail on a close reach or a beat on one tack, then tack the boat thru the wind but don't touch the jib sheet. Leave the helm down, i.e., with the rudder turned away from the now windward side.
The boat will heel over quite a bit as the jib backs, but it will settle down quickly and begin a gentle forereaching and sliding off the wind, leaving a slick to windward.
This works well with most boats in most waters, including on SF Bay (I used to teach sailing in Sausalito).
You may have to ease the main a bit and with practice you'll see how your boat heaves-to best in varying conditions.
Again, the key is leaving the jib aback, so that it blankets the luff of the main.
Then, when you're ready to go, just release the jib sheet and trim on the other side.
Good luck this weekend.
Last edited by btrayfors; 08-11-2011 at 10:55 AM.