Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Gale Sail or just reef the jib in strong winds? (SF Bay)
I've decided that it is better to use just a good, heavy working jib as my primary foresail. Its small size to start with allows it to keep some shape when furled down. The only time I'll put the Genny on is if I am pretty sure the winds will not get over 15 knots. Trying to roll up a large genoa to reef in a 30 knot wind does not work well because the shape is buried, resulting in a big belly in the center and the foot is raised too high. On the wish list is to rig up an inner forestay/running backstays with a small, Amsteel or wire-luffed jib for storm duty.
For 40 knots, think about an inner stay to keep the center of effort closer to that of the mainsail.
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Last edited by smurphny; 06-01-2012 at 11:26 AM.