|We had an annoying problem in Wednesday nights race. We started with a reefed main and we were in the thick of things rounding the windward mark. Then I had difficulty shaking out the reef. When we rounded and jibed to a broad reach, I had difficulty releasing the cringle?(the grommets on little flaps at the sails reef point at the mast/luff) from the hook on the boom/gooseneck. So we were slow getting the full main up and lost 3-4 places during my personal $&@# fire drill.
So, I had this thought. Instead of hooking the cringle to the the fixed hook on the boom, how about using the Cunningham? Then, to shake out the reef, just release the Cunningham?copasetic