Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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From the perspective of a single-hander, would never want to think that the wind could NOT knock me down with ANY sail set. The wind can do all kinds of unpredictable things, especially in lakes or amongst any high profile shore topography. Time of day, developing weather, land cooling/heating effects...all can add up to higher-than-expected wind. The key, as mentioned here, is to keep your eyes open, know what the boat does as the wind increases, and make it s.o.p. to reduce sail early. It's nice to see that 160 up but it can get you in trouble pronto. I have now decided my 100 working jib is always the sail to start with. It works best in almost all conditions. My 160 goes up only if I am really sure the winds will be light. The large headsail not only increases the danger level, it will also almost immediately create too much weather helm once the wind gets >10 knots, does not roll very well, and creates significant wind surface when furled. I have decided that for cruising, less is more.
Remember once your boat is heeled over enough to limit your ability to ease the mainsheet to dump wind, your only diminished option is to head up. At the rudder angle in that position, this may be impossible, especially with a small, modern spade rudder.
Last edited by smurphny; 10-05-2011 at 09:16 AM.