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Re: Third Reef or Storm Sail?
I have not gone offshore. BUT, If I were to, i would have a deep 2nd or 3rd reef option, wish I had the 3rd reef option in puget sound at times, along with a trysail for off shore work.
This mind you comes from an article I saw in sailing world about 4-5 yrs ago, maybe 2 or 3 Volvo 70 world races too......In that article, it stated that these boats had 3 sail options for wind speeds in the 40-50 range. The range we normals would want to be down in SA. The options were based on wave height as much as anything. If the waves were deeper, IIRC that went with say 1000# of sail that was slightly taller on the mast, so when in the hole, they could still get wind. When waves were shorter, they went with a shorter sail setup. One might be a trysail 80% jib, the other a 3rd reef and 70% jib.
Granted the V70 crews have IIRC 25 sails on board, us mortals maybe 3-5......still worth thinking about this issue for best sailing, speed, lack of heeling etc when it comes to which sail option to have. Especially since in higher winds, the trysail will be heavier cloth, same with a storm jib of sorts, best not to toss or try to not do with these! Could save ones bacon!
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