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I always choose the main; better control (you can "back" it if needed), and generally the main will not hoist well off the wind so heading-up leaves you with a flogging genny/jib while you raise the main . Also setting the jib/genoa to get the best "slot" is better done after setting the main. I've had to sail into a busy marina under sail alone after a minor engine failure and i wouldn't attempt it with a headsail alone, just not enough control.
A month ago I had to sail to the government dock in Port Hardy. Did it under the main only.
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