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Re: Tacking in heavy winds

This is the very reason I don't sail with only a foresail. When I first learned to sail, I was taught that if one only has one sail up it should be the mainsail, and the main should always be the first sail up and the last one down. The reasoning is that with just a foresail up it might be impossible (or at least very difficult) to maneuver well enough to recover a MOB. So, although it is often tempting to sail a run or very broad reach under a jib or genoa alone, I always leave at least a deeply reefed main up while actively sailing. That way, if I have to go to windward for any reason, I can.

In other words: "bald-headed" is better than "bare-assed" (at least in this context).
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