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Werner Hamp

Hi Gary

I hope Dave doesn't mind being quoted. Below is some excellent advice the he posted in the old forum. It has been my experience that in winds in excess of 20-25 knots, the combination of reefed main and staysail makes for a good compromise between boat speed and crew comfort / heel. Carrying too much sail forward under those conditions seems to be a significant detriment to the performance of a Westsail 32. I try to minmize the heel as much as possible for the conditions and then make minor adjustments for boat speed using that as my starting point.

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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