A loose-footed mainsail with four full-length battens (projecting as much roach as possible inside the backstay), two deep reef rows, and a Cunningham cringle is ideal. Using Tides Marine’s Strong Track and luff slides and Schaefer Marine’s adjustable batten-end receptacles ensures easy setting and striking. Securing RBS epoxy resin battens in Top Gun lined platform pockets and through-bolting their aft ends, precludes batten escape or damage. Installing two reef rows that reduce mainsail area by 30% and 60% (rather than the usual three reefs that reduce sail area by 20%, 40%, and 60%) reduces weight, chafe, complexity, and cost. The position and size of the Valiant 40’s mainsail means it derives minimal benefit from the “gear shifts” of three smaller reefs. Lazy jacks that can be secured along the boom when not in use and can leave a clear path for hoisting the trysail are invaluable.