If you're going downwind, racing, you probably won't want to reef too often. If it's blowing hard enough to make you want to reef going downwind, you might try centering the boom, but doing that will slow the boat down and increase the apparent wind. This could lead to nasty gybes unless your crew can get those tack downhauls in really fast. You might want to try it in lighter air first, to see how it goes. In such a situation it might be better to wait to reef until you start back up a windward leg.All,
I am not sure what to do downwind, just center the main and pull it down some?
Thanks again, I have not tried this and was just asking to get this kind of info. I will have to try reefing without heading up next time I am out under gentler conditions and see how it all goes.