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I/we have been sailing since the end of July, maybe a dozen times. Still getting used to the winds, gusts to be exact. Today we went out in 15-20 knot winds. I told her (first mate) that we will do only the Jib, no main. At first it seemed that it wasn't Enough but then the gusts kicked in and we heeled to a point that scared both of us. Reeled in the Jib a little and continued on. Waiting for these moments to not be so scary anymore. I guess the one thing I learned from today's experience is to keep the sheet of the sail in hand so if a big gust does come I can turn her. And also let the sheet out. Any other suggestions?
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IMHO, you are on the right track. I have been sailing with my Commodore now for close to twenty years. She loves it. In all truth, she would REALLY love a trawler.

So:
  • when the Commodore says "Reef", I reef.
  • when the Commodore says "Too windy", we stay put.
  • when the Commodore says "Let's have a town day", we have a town day.
Too many of my male friends have "commodores" who will not set foot on the boat. Too much testosterone, too much macho and no one lovely to sail with.

Oh ya, we just got back from 31 days on the boat together down the coast of Maine.

Enjoy your boat and enjoy being with your Commodore!

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If only having the jib up causes lee helm (if you let go of tiller the bow will fall off of the wind), then you should run under main only, not jib only.
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Thank you both for your comments. I have sailed her with main only and have managed ok (no reef). Someone at the marina mentioned Jib only so I gave it a shot. Rolling in the Jib did keep her stable enough.
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Btw Rikhall, I did mention staying home but she knew how much i did want to sail today
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Re: Newbie Sailor

Sounds like you're doing just fine. The trick with gusts (if you can) is to keep your head out of the cockpit and actually watch for them on the water. If you see them coming you can then head into wind a touch. Sometimes if you let the sheet out when a gust hits, you are actually powering the sail up more, which is going to make you heel more.
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You are on the right track. Jib only is easy to adjust on the fly and will allow good control. If it is gust run minimal sail and while it may be slow the heel will be gentle. Once she realizes that you are not going over and how to get comfortable you can increase cloth and go faster.

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Btw Rikhall, I did mention staying home but she knew how much i did want to sail today
Sounds like you have a "Keeper"

Make sure she stays happy!

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Re: Newbie Sailor

You don't mention the size type of boat you have. Nothing wrong with experimenting to see how she behaves.

I prefer to have both main and a foresail up as the boat balances better. 15 to 20 knots is normal out here in the Eastern Caribbean and that would be a single reef in the main and staysail plus genoa for my 44 ft cutter.. The genoa gets progressively rolled away as the wind increases.
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If only having the jib up causes lee helm (if you let go of tiller the bow will fall off of the wind), then you should run under main only, not jib only.
FWIW, having only a jib up is likely to always produce lee helm, which is OK, thats just the usual dynamics of the CR and LR. Sailing under main only is an OK choice for those vessels with large mains, which doe not include most boats, especially those from '70s-90's. Boats designed with large jibs and small mains, may barely go to weather under a main only.
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