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A gale apprehensive took in and furled the Royals and top gallants and also a couple of reefs in top sails.
As he says, short, furled leaders have the mass to turn-over long tippets.
Most of the leaves have now fallen from the Hazel bushes and the small, tightly furled catkins are already visible on the branches.
We furled the mainsail, got the dagger board down, and we tacked.
The spinnaker was immediately dropped, the staysail furled and the starboard daggerboard lowered.