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Old 02-03-2012
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Went out singlehanded this am and had steady 15 with gusts to 20, short chop 2-3 ft and whitecaps. I unfurled the jib (130) and had a nice couple of hours on a close reach in and out. When it came time to furl the jib I turned on the engine, turned into the wind, set the autopilot and attempted to furl. A combination of chop and gusts slightly askew the wind kept pushing the bow around and putting too much wind into the sail and I couldn't furl. After floundering around awhile I finally turned off the auto and let go the jib lines while holding the wheel with my foot and furling. Got it all in but with a real birds nest of tangled sheets. Any suggestions on what I should have done?
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