Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Providence, RI
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First, congrats! Sounds like despite the difficulty and angst you learned a lot and at the end of the day had a good sail.
I've been sailing for quite a while and to this day I never reef early enough. I've sailed along for hours getting the snot kicked out of me only to admit over the apres-sail martini "gee, I should have reefed." So you did the right thing, though perhaps like me not early enough.
It is also possible to sail some boats quite easily with just the jib or just the main. I'm not familiar with the Capri 22 or its sail configuration but it might be worth a shot. (It has been my experience that masthead rigs don't sail well on just the main but you have better luck with a fractional rig.)
Bellerophon, 46' staysail ketch
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