are built so that your reef points are there only to gather up the unused sail rather than help sail shape. Therefore, you don't need to have them in before you reef but you should put them in to keep the unused sail from filling with air and getting in the way. In addition, you save the danger
of someone tying a reef point thinking it is a sail tie and ripping the sail the next time you raise it.
If you don't keep the reef points in, I recommend having the necessary number of lines ready with a stopper knot
in the middle so you can quickly feed them through the grommet until the knot