SailNet Community - View Single Post - wind conditions and reefing
View Single Post
  #23  
Old 07-26-2012
casey1999's Avatar
casey1999 casey1999 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: HI
Posts: 2,775
Thanks: 3
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 4
casey1999 is on a distinguished road
Re: wind conditions and reefing

Quote:
Originally Posted by captainrizzo View Post
The misnomer here is that a reef or two slows you down. In my experience, a properly reefed main with good sail shape will actually help you sail faster, all else equal. Excessive heeling is what slows you down.
I think the problems come when say the wind varies from say 10 knots to say 35. I would reef for say a 30 knot wind and be able to handle the 35. But at 10 knot, I'm going to be going slow, and if I got a big sea, getting knocked around a lot with no power. It is a predicament.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook