How do you reef a jib sail?
If they are furled around the forestay then it is very simple to reef them. You simply roll them up a little in order to decrease their size. Typically there will be two stripes marked on the foot of the jib/genoa. Each one marks where the sail should be rolled to for the respective reefing point.
At what wind speed do you Reef?
When to reef? Most boats are designed to require the first reef in around 18 knots apparent wind when sailing to windward. Some lighter, more coastal-orientated boats may struggle in 15 knots while heavier offshore designs will still be happy at 20 knots or more.
Can you reef a self tacking jib?
Reefing of the self-tacking jib is, indeed, not the best idea. When partly furled, the foot gets shorter but you can’t adjust the sheet point forward, meaning more vertical loads on the foot.
How much wind do you need to sail?
The most comfortable sailing is in winds from 5 to 12 knots. Below 5 knots the wind is too light and maneuvering and powering the boat with the sails may become difficult.
Can you reef a genoa?
With a furler, the genoa can be reefed or stowed from the safety of the cockpit without the physical effort of dragging sails onto the foredeck, so a small crew can sail a large boat, or a moderate size boat can be single- handed.