Hello, Mates. Christian Williams made a comment in a thread yesterday that caught my attention. This past weekend, I was sailing in 20-25 knot winds on Valhalla -- '87 Ericson 38-200 -- with only my headsail out (no main). I have a 140 headsail. There were a few times that the rail was in the water, but overall Valhalla was steady and seemed to be under control. In general, Valhalla sails very well with just the head sail out. Of course, I typically use both the main sail and the head sail, but in heavy winds I sometimes just use the head sail. Here's my candid question --- and your candid replies are welcomed and encouraged. Is it stupid -- or at least ill-advised -- to sail with only the headsail in 20+ knot winds? Am I better off in heavy wind with reefing the main and using only a portion of the headsail? As always, many thanks for your input/advice.