With a heavy crew, all plain
sail (ie with staysail down) can be carried even in 25-30 knot
winds. We normally sail light (2-3), so here are our normal configurations:
up (the full 266 square feet):
For pleasure, winds up to 15 knots. For adrenalin any wind on
the beam or quarter (crash helmets, lifejackets and rescue boats
a must in anything over 27 knots)
All plain sail: Up to about 20 knot winds
Fore and reefed main: Over 20 knots (this is the intended heavy weather rig)
Fore & reefed main + staysail: Lulls in strong winds (picks the speed up and staysail easily
let go when the gusts come back
main only Starting
out or coming in to moorings in light winds, with someone ready
to let go the halliards. The boat has a bad weather helm under
just the full main.
and full main: the
laziness rig, but still balanced. Roughly equivalent to the intended
heavy weather rig and a useful alternative when sloth strikes
(just drop the foresail). Can get you into trouble though if you
do have to move to the next rig-you might have real problems reefing
the main as well as getting the jib in.. .. ..
main only Disaster
conditions (30 knot winds, waves). This will move the boat comfortably,
with a bearable weather helm, and will sail happily to windward.
Also, it's feasible to single-hand in this configuration, which
might be useful knowledge to have in an emergency or on a delivery
run. Two is the safe limit for minimum crew, however.
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