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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.)
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7 souls on a C22? I don't think I've sailed with that many on my O30!
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Your right Brad.. my boat's a slug with just the main.
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When going out for a daysail, it is generally a good idea to pack drinks and snacks of some sort, especially if you have kids along. You never know when you might get delayed...

As for keeping the boat head to wind... having the aux power is useful, but not required. Another tactic is to drop the anchor. Remember, raise sails aft most first, lower sails foremost first...
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The one tidbit that I can add is an old adage; "If you think it may be time to reef, the proper time has already passed." Reef early and often - especially with an inexperienced crew.
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