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ArgleBargle 06-22-2009 10:00 PM

reefing main when sailing downwind
 
Hi

Just curious what procedure people use to reef their main (assuming slab, jiffy or single line reefing) when heading downwind.

do you heave-to, motor, come to a reach under the trimmed headsail and release the mainsheet? i find with strong track/Battcar systems and single line reefing one can easily just ease off the halyard and tension the reefing line simultaneously and it works great, but i'm not sure how safe it is and in some ways i prefer the other methods.

interested in your experiences.

Faster 06-22-2009 10:31 PM

Without the BattCar system there's simply too much friction to have much luck reefing the main without heading up to at least a beam reach. Today's prevalence of swept spreaders adds to the difficulty.

We typically round up to a close reach and put in a tuck before bearing off again.

billyruffn 06-22-2009 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Faster (Post 499090)
We typically round up to a close reach and put in a tuck before bearing off again.


Me too!

Valiente 06-22-2009 11:50 PM

Same here. If the sea is flat (i.e. you are close into shore with the wind coming off the land), you may be able to reef with the main centered, but it's really not worth it.

legarots 06-23-2009 11:45 AM

I do it from a close reach or else heave to.

Hesper 06-23-2009 04:22 PM

Since I'm usually on my own, I go head-to-wind.

johnshasteen 06-23-2009 10:39 PM

Paloma has slab reefing, so we turn into the wind and the headsail drops nicely into place and stays put while we put the grommet into the kringle and tie it to the boom.

sailingdog 06-23-2009 11:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnshasteen (Post 499522)
Paloma has slab reefing, so we turn into the wind and the headsail drops nicely into place and stays put while we put the grommet into the kringle and tie it to the boom.

you have a slab-reefing headsail with a boom???? :confused::confused:

chrondi 06-26-2009 06:42 PM

He (johnshasteen) surely meant mainsail, not headsail!

sailingdog 06-26-2009 07:08 PM

Yeah, I know...just busting his chops a little. :)
Quote:

Originally Posted by chrondi (Post 500465)
He (johnshasteen) surely meant mainsail, not headsail!



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