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Re: Pulling down head sail in strong winds?
All good points. Ummm, my Oday 30 sails very well with the full main with very strong winds. At 25 mph winds, with just the main, it sails great. Regarding the 150... that particular day I intended to use that sail under strong winds, mostly to see what the boat would do. I found out that it sails like a racing boat with those conditions (as you could imagine). I didn't lower the sail because I was worried - only because my helper didn't have enough wraps on the sheet and was getting tired of holding them since I wouldn't let him cleat them.
150 up and your crew is holding the sheet and not cleating it!! Well I hope you learned something from this experience.
And as to sailing in strong winds, can you easily reef the main and do you have a small headsail (jib or #3)? The best way to sail comfortably and perform well on all points of sail is to reduce both the area of the main and the headsail. Just dropping one or the other is a poor compromise.
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