Originally Posted by carcrash
Perhaps its just a more modern version: "If you don't reef, nature will do it for you.
Back when sails were made of natural materials rather than our modern heavy-duty dacron, kevlar, etc, etc, etc, materials that are used now...nature would blow out a sail if a sailor had too much canvas up for the conditions. The good of that was that one could count on the sail to break rather than the rig to sustain large damage. With modern materials, we can't count on the sail blowing out to save the day, though.