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Dave King

Ahoy Mike, This is but one opinion: My procedures differ a bit from yours. Also there are circumstances that dictate different procedures. The following is only a general outline as to what I do. It must also be noted that I do not have an aneometer aboard.
1. O-8 kn. Full sail. Drifter or Genoa or spinnaker or whatever.
2. 8-15 kn. Full working sail. Usually nothing bigger than a Yankee.
3. Above 15 kn.
1st. reef in Main.
2nd. douse or reduce jib.
3rd. 2nd reef in Main
4th. douse any remaining jib.
5th. douse the main.
6th. staysail alone
7th. storm sails as necessary.
Storm jib goes on the inner stay.
Notice that the staysail is the better choice to leave up forward until the end. Saraband's staysail is reefable so I also have that option as desired. We have sailed in 50 knots under just the reefed staysail although the better choice at that time would be storm jib and/or trysail.

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