Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria
Yes, a jib that is furled that much is going to be an ugly thing and won't point. Let a little more out and you'll have more power to punch through the waves and it will point better. Did you just have the furled jib? No main at all?
Yes just a furled jib with no main. At for a time the winds were 30 with gust to 35 knots. I really did not want to unfurl jib further (and when it was most windy, I reefed jib and only had about a 1/4 out) due to the loading on the rig. I wanted to put up the main to give some better sail balance, but with the winds as strong as they were (and predicted to get even stronger), we sailed for a while then headed into the dock.
With just a furling jib what would be the answer if caught in strong winds such as this?