Hey, we've all been there. Let the boat swing into the wind (from an anchor
or someone holding the bow) before you drop the main. Try sailing with just the jib
; now days head sails
do far more, and are far larger, than when I was doing what you are doing. Do you have roller reefing on either sail? It will let you try the boat in stiff winds without ending up needing fresh underwear. I'm reminded of kids learning
in Optimist class prams - the beginners don't get the gaff pole, so they have half a sail. If you're out where you could get flattened, don't cleat the running rigging
, just hold it in your hand. Then if a gust hits you, just let everything go, and you'll come into the wind with the sails
flapping like mad.
I have a friend who is restoring a McGregor 26 here in Carrabelle
. I'll get see if I can get the two of you in contact.
Hang in there, man, your envelope she is expanding.