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I won't have a riding sail in time for this weekend but my better half is handy with a sewing machine and I have a stack of sails from past boats, so I may try to whip something up. How is the luff supported, does it have extra ribbing or a batten to keep it from collapsing, halyard or?
Ours was just hanked onto the backstay, and the 'foot and leech' are slightly hollow cut, with a sheet pulling forward off the "clew" (which is actually facing into the wind) No battens, no noise if it's properly tensioned.
Really takes the edge of the swinging motion, becomes more of a gentle dance rather than charging off in one direction after the other.
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)