- Dec 29, 2014
I've got an Oday 272 which is a masthead rig. She does well with just the jib in most situations; however, on one occasion, I was single-handing upwind in winds about 17 knots with gusts up to 22, with two foot waves (on a lake), with just the genoa (150%). I had so much lee helm that I just couldn't get the boat to handle correctly. Those waves were just pushing me around and with all the lee helm, I was making no progress. It was a different set of conditions that I wasn't used to, but I quickly learned that when sailing upwind, I definitely need the main up, perhaps reefed, in order to get the boat to go where I need her to. Lesson learned.Actually Not True. I still get weather-helm sailing jib-only. There is a tendancy to go off the wind when the boat's not moving, but as soon as it gets going, there's enough weather-helm to do the "poor-man's upwind autopilot" with jib alone.
And downwind it's great: you don't need to worry about the main blanketing the headsail.