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Old 09-11-2012
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Re: PSC 37 How many have done away with staysail?

I'll be removing my stay soon, I'd have done it before now but I keep leaving my climbing gear home. My genoa is a 140 that reefs to 110 and I simply can't tack without either rolling it up or going on the foredeck to help it through. Last Saturday it was blowing 20-25 and it STILL wouldn't blow through when reefed to 110. Part of the issue is me, I'm sure - the boat is new to me and I always sail singlehanded so I felt like a one-armed paperhanger with hives trying to manage the wheel, the sheets, (the furler,) and the running backstays. OTOH, I've sailed other cutter-rigged boats singlehanded and not had a problem.
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