A sailmaker talks about
After Your New Sails
We recommend that you roll
mainsails and foresails rather than fold them.
It is best to leave the battens
in and the idea is to slide the mainsail foot along the boom, leaving the
rest of the sail rolled until you are ready to hoist. The reverse procedure
can then be followed when you come ashore.
As you roll up the sail parallel
to the battens, keep the material crease free. Be very careful not
to pull out any folds or pleats along the tube you create. If they do occur,
just unroll the sail slightly and shake out or smooth the creases and start
Unfortunately the PVC-coated
luff wire is trying to straighten out and so rolling the foresail has to
be done carefully. We prefer to leave the sail ties on whilst shackling
the tack down and attaching the jib sheet. Then the wire can be uncoiled
and the halliard attached to the head.
Ashore, the sail should be
taken down and rolled up again. This is best done by leaving the tack shackled
on and the jib sheet pulled in reasonably tight. The sail can then be rolled
around the luff wire.
So please do not leave
the sail hoisted, flapping between races.
This should be flaked and
then folded carefully into its bag after use. It is best not to leave it
in the chute (ed. note: spinnaker launcher to us
North Americans!) for any length of time - especially with load
on the patch. The sail should not be dried by hoisting and letting it flap
as this stretches the edges.
Finally, please give us a ring
if you have any queries. Good sailing.
McNamara UKWA News #80/Winter 1998