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Re: Pulling down head sail in strong winds?
Our Yankee jib is hardly a 150, but in 70 knots of wind, I doubt that it being smaller made the job much better. Anyway, the furling line fouled and we couldn't roll up the sail, so we had to let it all the way out and drop it. We just blanketed the Yankee with the main and it came right down without any flogging or difficulty.
Being one of those old codgers that sailed before roller furling was invented, we most often dropped a headsail by either blanketing it behind a main as above or slightly off the wind as others have said above. I think the worst thing one can do is go head to wind and have the sail flog, especially in heavier winds. It sure shortens a sail's lifespan and leads to damage to the boat and injuries to her crew from flying clews and sheets.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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