Somewhere in my memory banks I recall
it said that a trysail is really only useful for heaving to, (I suppose because it will give more weather helm
than a reefed main?) Anyone else found that? But after reading your account Storm, it sounds like you can get perfectly good drive out of it too. Thanks Ann for the tip too, yeah I am not going to get rid of it, in fact I am a sail hoarder. Were I to be planning to head
out, I think I'd do as you say, keep it rigged and bagged. I'd probably also go with twin headstays and put on an inner forestay with a storm jib
rigged and bagged there too! (That's another thread) With a smaller boat though, as you know, I have narrower bands of wind
speeds to work with. When big boats have their third reef in and the storm jib
up, I'll probably be dragging the drogues or have the sea anchor
out and I'll be having the hot chocolate. But it's all down the line, I can still run home to safety
where I am now!
Oops, on re-reading I see you mentioned that, Jim, about the trysail for heaving to. As Roseanne Rossannadanna says: Never mind.