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Re: Pulling down head sail in strong winds?
You could also Try Heaving-to ( Tack the boat but leave the head-sail back-winded, ease the main a little and put the helm over) Once you've stopped the boat and settled in, Then loosen the halyard and pull the sail down. You should end up with a pretty stable platform to work on. With a 150, I'd just be careful of chafe on the shrouds and spreader when you backwind. You could ease the sheet a little to move the leach forward so the sail is not on the spreader. With the Genoa Back-winded the other advantage is that it's easier to keep it out of the water, as most of it should come down on the deck.
I had a spare Halyard wrap around my furling gear last season and had to pull down my head sail to get home. I was alone, so just I hove-to and it made the job much easier.
Last edited by tempest; 07-23-2018 at 07:59 PM.