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Re: Sailing as a senior
Reefing of course get's the boat a better sail plan for the stronger winds. It should be noted that MOST of the issues for sailing in heavy weather ARE the waves not the winds. Even reefed your boat will be thrown around by the wave action. And the wave period if regular and not confused... will be more comfortable with a matching waterline length.
More than high wind speeds... it's the wave height shape, direction that makes for comfort and control issues. Of course having a slight weather helm is desirable. People get sea sick from wave action not wind speed. Sure they are related. But it's the sea and reefing can do nothing about that.
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