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Old 09-16-2009
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So I got a chance to experiment this weekend in force 5-6 breezes. After reefing the main and rolling in the Genoa from 130% to +-100% I moved the lead block forward ... the sheet angle looked better but I just could not get the headsail to act right. It was fluttering and just in general not happy to the point that I started to think it might tear. I reefed it some more, cranked on it's sheet to see if that would help flatten it out but the sail was not happy. The headstay was sagging quite a bit in the gusts even though I cranked on more backstay pressure than I ever have (the mast was raked back). In one gust I thought I heard a "rrrriiiip" so playtime was over, pulled the whole genoa in and sailed on just the main for a bit.

Sailing on the main sail was OK, making 3-4 knots quite tippy in gusts. Then I tried dropping the main and just sailing on about a 120% genoa. This worked great! I could not point as high, but was doing 5 knots with less heel. This may be my solution for now although I believe it is bad for the rig. Ultimately I want to get a working jib though and add at least another reef point to the main, I think working jib w/ double reefed main would be the most balanced way to sail in anything above force 5 in my boat at least.

And to answer Gary M -- my 9.2 does not have a genoa track.
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You could leave the sheet blocks where they are at for the full 130% and with fairlead blocks further forward you could add barber haulers (downhauls on the sheet lines) to straighten your sail leach as necessary for the winds you are in.
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