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    Default maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Wink Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Just make sure the hatches are closed and you are ok
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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Relying on the buoyancy of the main boom, since they can't ease it out

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Can't actually ease the main, with the boom in the water...

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    bah, we're almost at the mooring field, she can take it.
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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Looks like the topsail is a bit slack, so they might have just started to strike that sail. Of course, at this point, everyone is just hangng on for dear life until they come out of that gust.
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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    The windward helm must be impressive.

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Those sail battens must be 10 ft long 2x6's

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    That's a yee-haw moment if I've ever seen one.

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    I was 'casual' crew on a 1911 English built gaff cutter in 35kts once. Double reefed main and the deck was still at 45 degrees.
    No modern winches, 30 on board as rail meat. Wet, exciting, scary, fantastic! I've never felt so much power in a boat.

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanM26 View Post
    That's a yee-haw moment if I've ever seen one.
    yup, pretty sure it went something like this, “oh look, there’s old fuddyduddy (alfred beken) with his camera, let’s give him a sailby. . .”
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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    “Now she takes it!”

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Do you know where the shot was taken?
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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    Can't actually ease the main, with the boom in the water...
    That's how Martha got knocked down at the Port Townsend schooner race a couple of years ago.

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    yup, pretty sure it went something like this, “oh look, there’s old fuddyduddy (alfred beken) with his camera, let’s give him a sailby. . .”

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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Those are surely Dacron sails, so it’s perhaps not such an old picture.
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    Default Re: maybe take the topsail down, maybe time for a deeper reef?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lesser View Post
    That's how Martha got knocked down at the Port Townsend schooner race a couple of years ago.
    Huh!?!? How did I miss that one? Got pics?

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