This weekend I was having some challenges getting a Pearson 27 to heave-to properly. I had 20-25 knot winds, with some stronger gusts. The main and jib
were reefed, which the Pearson 27 seems to need after 17+ or so.
First, after stopping, with a backwinded jib
, eased main, and rudder secured all the way over, we would still tack through the wind after getting some drive from the backwinded jib
We completely unfurled the jib
, to give the wind more sail area in order to help the bow fall off, so couldn't tack through. This worked, as we were in a more stable position, and were able to maintain it without tacking. However, even with the rudder secured all the way over, we were still making forward progress at about 2.5 knots, with only a very slight drift to leeward.
I expected to make slower progress, with more leeway drift and less forward momentum, based upon my experience with heaving to in the past. Also, gusts heeled us over quite far (the main was eased, so all the heel came from the backwinded jib), so the heave-to was less "stable" than what I've encountered before.