So the wind was really cooking fast this afternoon. I took off early from work and took out the ol' boat.
The wind was quick. Probably 20 knot average with gusts into the 30s
I had the main fully reefed and the jib fully furled. Running essentially main only. Still was heeling at 30+ degrees in close haul and gusts sending me over further. Unstowed gear was flying all over the place in the cabin.
I was having a GREAT time!!! I was surging forward in a big gust when...
Suddenly a loud gunshot!!!???
What was that?
Then BANG... another
That time I could locate the sound. My mainsail's sliding hanks were failing!!!
The sail was quickly parting ways with the mast
I quickly luffed up into the wind and stalled the sail. I released the halyard and gathered up the main. My sailing day was over
Post sailing autopsy revealed 2 broken sliders with a 3rd ready to go. Stupid nylon hanks were clearly not strong enough but I guess I would rather have that fail then have the mainsail begin to tear.
Anyway, thats a new failure for me... Never had THAT happen before.