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post #465 of Old 05-06-2013
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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

While sailing down island, years ago (which makes it excusable, right?) we decided to shorten sail as the breeze freshened. As a newbie sailor, I didn't realize that putting a reef in the main only requires securing the luff and leach reefing points/grommets and proceeded to tie those three little lines (meant to keep the now unused portion of the main out of the cockpit) tightly around the boom to hold the foot down tightly to the boom (seemed logical to me). Imagine my surprise and embarrassment when those lines (what are they called?) ripped out the belly of the sail. We had to put in to Bequai and get her sewn up for only $75.
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