When I needed to reef single
handed, (not been knocked down), did like you did, I came off the wind
, eased main and genoa
, furled the genoa
to where I wanted it, then slowly came back on to the wind, trimmimg the genoa sheet, but leaving the main out until it luffed, then reefed the main.
No sailing training
for me, but it worked, I could be wrong.
But to my mind, if you came in to the wind, you lose control, unless you run up the engine
of course. Your still left with lots of flogging sails
coming into the wind