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Welcome to Learning to Sail
most keelboats are fairly difficult to capsize unless you end up in some serious waves. Wind alone rarely does it. However, a bad jib in really heavy weather can do damage to your rig, so should be avoided.
One answer to sailing in heavier weather is to reduce sail area early and quickly. First indications of this is too much weather helm, and exessive heeling (what excessive is depends on the particular boat).
If your boat heaves to fairly well, then reefing can be accomplished in that position. If not, well, then a motor with head to wind is probably your best bet. Any other ideas out there?