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Re: Rip in Jib
It can get a little tricky to do solo. with a big headsail, If your halyard is led aft to the cabin top, if it's a windy day etc. etc.
I'd try to find a calm day, unfurl the sail and sheet it in tight on one side of the boat or the other, skirt it inside the lifelines. If the halyard is led aft then it helps to have someone ease the halyard, while someone else gathers the sail and keeps it from going overboard. Otherwise, you could try to lead the halyard forward with you, making sure you knot the end and don't let it run free as you lower the sail. ( don't let go!)
You could pull it down at the foil, as you east the halyard, just take care that it's coming down on deck and not going overboard. You could also position yourself near the center of the foot and guide it to the deck, if it's coming freely out of the foil.