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Dropping the Main Running Down Wind
I've done quite a bit of sailing. All book and experience learned. Always had boat parts to to buy or maintenance to do. I have always found sailing lessons beyond my buget constraints. I know they would be worth the investment though, maybe in the future.
So my question. Is there a good and safe way to drop a main with the wind on a stern quarter or dead astern? I have always cracked off and brought the wind at least a beam, usually onto a beat. Once though I found myself over sailed in huge seas and and strong wind, really huge, really strong, off Big Sur. Had a hell of a time and scared my wife and I to death running in those swells with main up, even though deeply reefed. We should have had up a storm jib, but was under main alone. Taking the jib down was a harrowing experience in itself. I was too scared to bring it beam to the swells, let alone nose in to them even if we could have. I know I shouldn't have been where I was with the main up, and hopefully never will again. I do sail by the mantra, if you are thinking about reefing, you should already have done it.