I have to admit I broke rule
#1 on reefing yesterday on SF BAy
, and enjoyed every minute.
After a nice light air beat from Richmond up Raccoon straits, we entered the Slot and the wind
picked up to over 25. Instead of reefing, we headed down to Pt Blunt with the wind on the quarter, then on the stern. My brother's old Catalina
27 really picked up her skirts and were were doing 9k over the bottom with the tide against us. A chicken gybe in the Berkely circle got us going back up toward Richmond, were the wind died and we had to motor
the last half mile. Nobody got wet and nothing broke, but the quarterwake looked like a Swan's and there were a few control issues in the steep chop.
Would have I done that in the OP's situation--Hell no! I would have had the main down and the genoa
rolled in enough to give me good speed in comfort. SF bay
is not offshore
sailing--help is 10 minutes away if you use your VHF
instead of your Epirb
All the talk about reefed genoa
shape is baloney off the wind--the boat is much more stable being pulled than pushed-but you do need to move the lead forward like Robertsailor says.