You probably could have sailed the P30 upwind under reefed main alone or working jib. My P28, with similar displacement and ballast numbers, similar underwater shape, and a shorter waterline (+14 PHRF), will sail upwind well above 20 knots under main alone. The Shaw-designed Pearsons are initially tender and start sailing well heeling at angles greater than 15 degrees, but I have never seen one of mine go over 45 degrees heel - they seem to really tighten up there and resist further heeling. Water over the coamings sounds as if your bow was lifted and stern dropped, trying to climb over the bow wave/hull speed limit?
Glad to hear you will be sailing around Delmarva - fun trip. Give yourself a few extra days to enjoy Cape May.
BTW, years ago, I kept my P26 at Holiday Hills Marina up the Rhode River on Bear Creek in Mayo, MD. You must be at Casa Rio or RRM? Beautiful area with lots of great overnight stops nearby.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 12-19-2012 at 10:32 AM.