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Re: wind conditions and reefing
Maybe Andreas got hit by a squall, hauled off in a cyclone, being as he has now not found the yellow brick road, will not be back to tell us how the adventure went! or maybe them flying monkeys got him, or the cowardly lion was less cowardly that thought!
BUT with that, I have done all the above idea's on reefing, if with race crew, we actively luff the main during gusts. If it is just spouse and I, I have to set the amount of sail area so she is comfortable both in gusts, and steady'ish wind at the time. Reality is, there is not a right or wrong, only what work BEST in the conditions, crew etc you have on hand at that time.
Like 4 days ago, 12-13 low, 15 reasonably steady, with gusts to 20. A bit on the high side for a 155, but with a person on the main sheet being active, leaving a big of a bubble behind the mast, we were doing 5.5-6 knots most of the night, staying level etc. Altho helps that I have a 4-1 micro with the 4-1 mainsheet, so easier to haul in and out as one needs to trim vs just the 4-1. 16-1 is way easier! I also have a cockpit traveller/mainsheet setup, so easier to work with than a cabin top setup.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!