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Re: Sailing dinghy w/o headsail
single handed today in 5-10 mph with a few gust a little more in my Snipe. With main and jib you will have more control. No need to use main only: you will just look like a puss. Just use the main to spill if you start to feel uncomfortable. No big deal tacking under both. Just have you main set and work the jib over to the other side and you will be set.
I agree, 5-10 is very comfortable for me where I am in my sailing right now, and these little boats move along just fine with this amount of wind. When winds get to 18+ it gets a little more hairy. My experience sailing cat-rigged boats is more extensive, regarding spilling the main (only) sail. Question, in a sloop, would spilling the jib offer just about as much relief, or because the jib is so much smaller than the mainsail, it would not? I was always taught (on keelboats) that the headsail is the power.