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Chapter 9 – Storm Sails – Part 2

8 Jan

Chapter 9 deals with the all important storm sails. In Part 1 we looked at the best options for a Storm Jib including the Gale Sail and in Part 2 we will discuss the Trysail, deploying your storm sails and preparing for the worst with a dry run.

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The Storm Trysail

The second part of the storm sail equation is the storm trysail. This sail is more for balancing the boat rather than driving it forward, since in galeforce conditions you need to be sure that you have some control over

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Chapter 9 – Storm Sails – Part 1

4 Oct
Chapter 9 deals with the all important storm sails. In Part 1 we will look at the best options for a Storm Jib including the Gale Sail and in Part 2 we will discuss the Trysail and deploying your storm sails.

You can download this chapter as a pdf here

Few sails in any sailor’s inventory are as neglected, controversial, or ultimately important as storm sails. These generally consist of a trysail, i.e., a kind of mini- mainsail bent on the mast after the regular main has been lashed to the boom, and a storm jib, a tiny scrap of

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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 3

15 Sep
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 3 we look at spinnakers by the numbers. It can get confusing because sailmakers are quick to drop a number thinking that you know what he’s talking about. Here is a quick guide. Note, however that some sailmakers have their own coding system.

You can download this chapter as a pdf here

Beautiful membrane Code 0 on this cruising boat
Spinnakers by the Numbers
Spinnakers have gone under countless names since ...
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 2

1 Jun
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 2 we look at the theory behind how spinnakers work, asymmetrical spinnakers versus symmetrical spinnakers and spinnakers for cruisers.




Spinnakers for the Cruising Sailor
It’s not in a cruising sailor’s nature to want to trim and change spinnakers constantly. A cruising sailor is more inclined to set the sail, set the autopilot and pull out a good book. With this in mind, ...
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 2

1 Jun
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 2 we look at the theory behind how spinnakers work, asymmetrical spinnakers versus symmetrical spinnakers and spinnakers for cruisers.




Spinnakers for the Cruising Sailor
It’s not in a cruising sailor’s nature to want to trim and change spinnakers constantly. A cruising sailor is more inclined to set the sail, set the autopilot and pull out a good book. With this in mind, ...
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 1

25 Apr
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 1 we look back at how the spinnaker was developed and how we got from cross cut spinnakers to radial spinnakers.



DOWNWIND SAILS EXPLAINED
There is nothing quite like a day in the trades with a warm wind at your back and the horizon ahead stretched in a wide arc like open arms just waiting for you. You are romping downwind with
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 1

25 Apr
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 1 we look back at how the spinnaker was developed and how we got from cross cut spinnakers to radial spinnakers.



DOWNWIND SAILS EXPLAINED
There is nothing quite like a day in the trades with a warm wind at your back and the horizon ahead stretched in a wide arc like open arms just waiting for you. You are romping downwind with
...
Read More

Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 4

6 Apr
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.




Headsails for the Cruising Sailor
Fortunately, headsails are a far less complicated part of a sail inventory, although no less important. Without them the boat ...
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 4

6 Apr
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.




Headsails for the Cruising Sailor
Fortunately, headsails are a far less complicated part of a sail inventory, although no less important. Without them the boat ...
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 3

10 Mar
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.



In the previous chapter we looked at in-mast furling mainsails and some of their drawbacks most notably the amount of sail area that is lost
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