Assym, Jibs, and rounding-up
We just bought a good 1978 Morgan OI for cruising the Great Lakes. We motor/sailed it ~150 miles home this past weekend, a story I'll document on another thread.
Saturday morning we had a light breeze and clear skies, and I decided to play with the Assym. Wind was between 5 and 7 mph and at a broad reach. We hauled it up with no problem and we were comfortable and making some headway. This was fine until we suddenly got hit with some fairly consistent 15 mph winds and before too long were quite smartly rounded up, and done with the spinnaker for the weekend.
We a had a similar experience with main and jib on Sunday. We were traveling in 10 mph winds, when they picked up to 20 in a hurry, and the boat was either heeling way over or I was dumping the wind out of the main.
The second scenario sounds like I needed to reef earlier (although, after we reefed, the winds settled down to 10 mph with gusts of 15 and we were only making 4 knots, I probably could have let out the jib a bit more).
But the first scenario I wanted some clarification on. I can't reduce the sail area on my assym like I can with the rolling jib. I've read elsewhere that the stronger the wind, the closer to a run the boat needs to be, will that help avoid heeling and rounding? Will adjusting the height of the tack also help heeling and rounding?