Originally Posted by peterchech
Good advice. But if he's pounding into a short chop, the kind we had around here yesterday, there is no way to time it. The boat gets stopped/slowed every 5 seconds or so, no way to maintain speed.
Why is jib only the best way to make progress in heavy winds? I notice alot of sailors do so when the wind picks up but haven't tried it yet myself...
A jib and reefed main are ideal until wind force is too great for that combination. As the breeze grows (like 30) the small jib with fully reefed main become too much sail, the next step (the best and somewhat only way) is jib alone, as with most boats a main (reefed or not) does not provide any drive upwind. (If you have a sail plan with a large main, that may not be so true...)