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Re: Pulling down head sail in strong winds?
Single handing a North Star 26 with a hank on jib, I've had my share of 'fun' on the fore deck in spirited conditions. Roller furling is definitely in my future, and in the mean time plans are under way for a downhaul as Denise mentioned.
My preference, when conditions have become squirrely, is to run down wind and put the jib in the lee of the main, keeping the head sheet tight. Raising / lowering the jib while into the wind is fine in light wind, but when the clew gets going, it will leave a mark.