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nice video - I thought it was awfully quiet, until the camera came out from under the dodger. I have a dodger, but as it doesn't protect me, when I am at the wheel, I am always out in the wind / noise!
A couple of questions:
What type and length boat is that? Looks like a beauty!
I have been out a couple of times, in similar conditions, in my older 30'er, and found that mine doesn't seem to sail very well, with just a headsail. Last time, in 25-30kt winds, and 6-8' chop, I used a double reefed main, and furled small jib. The jib had terrible shape, though, as it's older, and has no foam luff, etc. With just the reefed jib, the baot wanted to go away from the wind, until I got the main up! I do have a smaller storm jib, which would probably have been better than a badly shaped, reefed jib.
I realize that 25-30kts would not really warrant the use of storm sails, but when your girlfriend is NOT comfortable, and the boat is heeling too much, I wonder if it would have sailed better that way?
Have you sailed in similar conditions with both sails up (and possibly reefed)? If so, how differently did the boat handle?