If you're fore-reaching, you're effectively constantly sailing out of this slick, and so you lose its protection.[/QUOTE]
Been reading the Pardy and other books on heavy weather sailing, just in case.
I heave to all the time for short breaks, lunch or while fishing ,sail mostly single handed and its easier than anchoring. Never had to yet for heavy weather, not sure I would but its an option.
My Westerly Centaur will fore reach ACROSS the wind with the headsail reefed well down, not backed winded, and the rudder tied off to keep her into the wind. No main necessary but then the bilge keels are very short and probably affects the way she lays.
I can decide which way to forereach by going either port or starbord tack. Have seen the slick form to windward as she rolls back and can stay in it by reducing the jib. She lyes fairly broadside at this so again not sure I,d chanch it.
PS how did I miss this thread as I generaly have a look every day or so.