"My advice to novice sailors has always been to practice reefing the sails on a calm day. This will allow everyone to become familiar with the various steps, without being distracted by the disorienting affects of flogging sail cloth. There's something about a crashing and bashing sail that effectively simulates panic and pandemonium. Take it slow at first, and get a feel for what is SUPPOSED to be the end result. During a genuine sail-reefing procedure - with gusty wind - lines will foul themselves by magic and spray will get blown in your face. A pitching foredeck will make it next to impossible to hold on - let alone get the reefing job accomplished."
(Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 27, 2004 )
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