This is exactly how we think about sailing our A57, and we always reduce headsail first. Full main and staysail is a very capable sail combo. Put a single reef in the main from there and it's rare to need less sail....We've had two reefs in three times I can think of in 8,500 miles between Newfoundland and Grenada, and never for long. And we only once had two reefs and a single reef in the staysail, beating into winds gusting 31.5 True with 10' waves - boat did pretty well - though a very narrow sweet spot in those conditions.soma said:There’s a transition where depowering is turning up or turning down. That transition is at about 90 degrees. We’ll call out “out is down” or “out is up” just so all crew are on the same page. If “out is up” you generally hold the sheets. If “out is down” you have to let the driver down. If conditions are marginal we’ll sit solidly on one side or another of that transition (75-80 TWA or 105-110 TWA). When things are really bad on my F40 there almost isn’t an “out is down” because the bows are getting pushed down too much and you’re on the verge of a pitchpole.