Join Date: Mar 2007
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I sailed in the same wind that you did, .....
Only up in MH area.
Day 1 (Sat) - Wife and I only. Full Main and Reefed jib (135) for winds in the 15 to 20 range with gust just north of 20. Very well balanced boat, but I really stood on top of the traveler and we headed up a lot during gusts. My wife helmed most of the time. Fun sail but with two it got to be tiring after 4 h.
Day 2 (Sun) - Wife, I and two guests. Winds were a tad higher (Gusts to 25) routine in steady 17 to 19. Flew jib only (Full) and the boat worked very well. Very little weather helm. Used mostly head up/bear off techniques to control the boat. I trimmed jib only when we weren't close hauled.
Day 3 (Mon) - Me and friend. Winds were always changing. Heading out we saw wind as low as 5 apparent. Flew full sail (main and 135 jib). Winds picked up until it got to about 15 - 17 kt gusts, then I rolled in the jib a little and worked traveler with and friend used head up techniques to control helm. Winds picked up more gusts in the 25 to 27 range, and rolled in jib to about 60%, worked traveler, and head up techniques to control helm. Finally dropped main, and used full jib to sail back into harbor.
I remember in one instance we were closehauled and wanted to go a round a mark to get back into the channel. We weren't going to make it and were readying for a tack when we were hit with a monsterous and long gust that allowed us to sail for almost 20 seconds on a more upwind course of about 15 deg. After that, rounding the mark was no problem.
My boat is a tall mast version, so lighter air is more ideal for at full sail. Whereas the standard rig may not requiring sail area reduction until 20 kts, I am finding that ours requires it around 15 -17 kts steady (with a 135 jib) if you don't want to constantly be on the traveler or rounding up to correct helm.
As far as you original question:
1) Soloing Storm Jib
2) Reef Main
3) Work traveler
4) Work sheet
5) Loose Main or Jib (probably jib on that boat)