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I''d add 2 items to the advice already given:
- When you''re getting ready to reef, heave-to on starbord first. Heaving-to is pretty easy: start on port tack, then tack over to starboard withough moving the jib--leave it backed. Ease the main out until it''s just luffing. Push the tiller towards the lee, like you''re trying to tack again, and secure it there with some line. The wind should be coming from about 60 degrees starboard. You''ll be moving mostly sideways downwind, pretty slowly. The boat will be pretty stable. And you''ll be on starboard tack--right-of-way over nearly everything. Plus, most boats are easier to reef from the starboard side of the boom/mast. With the main eased, you can set your reef easily. To get under way, just release the jib and re-set it on the lee side and harden up the main.
- Don''t use anything to tie up the loose foot of the reefed main unless you really need to for visibility or if the loose sail is going to chafe or catch on something. If you do tie it up, consider using bungie cord or very light line that will break before the sail rips. If you tie it up too tight, you can tear out the reefing grommets. Usually, only the tack and clew reefing grommets are strong enough to take any load. The mid-sail grommets are just for pretty.