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Yes, you should tuck in reef 1 before you do #2. That way, if the storm (wind) abates a little, you can still “shift gears”. If you need reef #2 to leave the dock, perhaps that isn’t a good day for sailing? If you start out in reef #2 conditions, do you have a reef #3 if things get worse? We use a messenger line between the reef #1 and #2 clews. The reef #2 line is on the boom, but not reeved. I don’t like to keep it roven because of chaffe, wear, noise… you get the picture. After reef #1 is in, I tie the messinger to the flemish and thread then it through while underway. Pretty simple to do. For reef#3, I untie the reef#1 line and reeve it using the #2-#3 messinger. My Cunningham gear becomes the new tack. Something you guys who reguarly sail in snotty conditions might consider is a stropping strap that you reeve through the new clew and around the boom. This will take some of the stain off of the reefing line and will keep the clew down on the boom where it belongs. I had my sailmaker sew velcro on both sides of some spectra webbing. Really fast and it gets the job done.