I often sail single-handed on the Columbia River here in Oregon. I couple of times last summer as I came around a bend I would get a wind gust upward of 20 knots. Rather than take a reef, I found it better on my Capri 25 to douse the jib. This required moving to the foredeck in a somewhat bumpy and very cold river. I ran across a jib downhaul design in one of Don Casey''s [101 Boat Improvements] books for a hanked on sail. The downhaul and the halyard are connected to the head of the sail. The halyard is connected with the shackle and the downhaul connect via a loop around the head and the forestay tied off with a bowline. The downhaul weaves through the hanks and runs back to the cockpit along the toe rail. When a heavy wind hits and you have a 130 genny up you release the halyard and PULL on the down haul to quickly douse the jib, once you turned into the wind. This prevents you as a single handed sailor from having to leave the cockpit and go to the foredeck and pull the jib down. Significant safety issue particularily when the water temp is 45oF. I was wondering if this would work on a tuff luff sail track? On all of the sails in my set the head is 6 to 8 inches higher than the bottom of the luff tape on the sail. I am afraid the design would set up a tearing force in my jib. Has anyone had any experience with this?