The 86th running of the SCYA MidWinter Regatta is just 2 months away. The SCYA Race Committee and the host clubs have been working hard to insure that the racer’s expectations are met and exceeded. Kellie Fennessy the 2015 Race Chair welcomes your comments on how we can make this event even better.
How Long Do Sails Last?
And the corollary: What Can I Do To Take Care of Them?
The first is a loaded question. Let me start with the political answer, the one every cruising sailor wants to hear from their Sailmaker: why forever, of course. Well, maybe not forever, but for an awfully long time!
In reality, the answer has two parts. The first is from a structural standpoint, or, how long will it remain intact as a triangle. The second half of the answer relates to sail shape. How long will the sail function as a critical airfoil, capable of driving the boat well and being effective upwind? This is the tougher part of the answer. Continue reading
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Pre-Race Sail Check and Headsail Set Up
By Patrick Murray
It’s time to go racing, but you haven’t seen the sails up in awhile. The first thing you should do is make sure you have all the parts and pieces needed to rig your sails. Before leaving the dock, make certain you have all the battens and, while you’re at it, it’s worth checking the batten closures to make sure the battens can’t come out of the sail. This is also a good time to check the batten tension. As a starting point, you want to get enough tension on the batten to just take the wrinkles out of the batten pocket. You may want to make some adjustments to the tension once you see the sail up, but this is a good place to start. Continue reading