Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Houston, TX
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Tacking in heavy winds
After several weekends of +25 knot wind, we decided we couldn't skip another weekend and took my Starwind 27 out on the bay.
As not to scare the passengers too much, we decided to try running with just the storm jib up. At first, this seemed to work great. We were running a constant 5 knots and surging up past 6 knots during wind gusts, but the boat wasn't heeling too far over, so everyone was enjoying it.
Then came time to tack. With just the head sail up, every time we tacked the wind would push the nose of the boat around to almost 180 degrees. I couldn't steer it back at all.
Is there a special way to tack in the high wind with just the head sail or am I going to have to keep my main sail up to control the boat?