The other day I talked about practicing reefing the mainsail in light conditions so that your crew know how to do it when the wind is stronger and you really need to reef.
The prudent skipper should not get caught out.
If you get a good marine weather forecast before you set sail and listen for updates while you’re underway, you should be able to reef the main before conditions threaten to overpower your boat.
Keeping an eye on the weather as you go along will mean you can judge for yourself the approach of any storm or change.
Reefing early will make you, your crew and boat comfortable and safe.