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Re: JY15 in heavy wind, how much is too much?
I've sailed the JY15 for a couple of years in a frostbiting fleet. Anything above 15kn gets dicey with capsizes happening here and there. Gusts above 25kn usually dumps most of the fleet. That is with the prescribed crew of 2 of course, at 300lbs combined weight roughly. Key is to keep the JY15 flat, if you heel you will get lots of weather helm.
I found that going upwind in heavy air is easier than going dead downwind. All you have to do upwind is feather the mainsheet in the puffs and keep hiking hard to keep the boat flat. Dead downwind, the JY15 develops a 'death roll' above a certain windspeed, that eventually flips you over. Keeping the weight aft helps a little bit, gybing has to be timed and balanced perfectly between puffs or else you go in. The JY15 is a fun little boat to sail. I miss it quite a bit :-/. Since there are so few controls you can concentrate on learning basic sailing skills and racing strategy, perfect for learning how to sail competitively.