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Smack, you know that Sailing Dog is right – you need way more halyard tension. In the photo, it is probably a little ‘soft’ for a light air day (0 – 5 kts). On heavy air days (20+ kts) you want to see vertical wrinkles. Medium days ease it so slightly softer than vertical wrinkles (the sail slugs pointed “upwards”). And slugs pointed “downwards” for when winds are less than ten. A soft halyard will bag out the main and you will heel rather than converting gusts into speed. Yes, that sail looks a little long in the tooth, but on the luff end, your problem is probably an equally aged halyard that is all stretched out. If you’re keeping the boat, I’d replace the halyards. You can help yourself a little by putting on full Cunningham which will pull the wrinkles out of the lower portion of the sail. Mains go bad from the leech forward. At full hoist (and proper halyard tension) is your boom horizontal? If it is below horizontal, you are stretched, and by the look of the style of the class emblem, this must be an original sail. Not worth re-cutting. But the good news is there are some good deals out there on sails. Take advantage of them, my friend.
P.S. You don't have "cars" on your main. Those are slugs and they cost about two bucks apiece at West. Buy a bunch and a large needle, waxed whipping twine, and some spectra webbing. Time to practice your marlinspike skills. Out here where the wind blows, I expect to break a couple each season. I even have some "pre stitched so I can make the repair faster. You need full length battens before you can buy batten cars.
Now, if one of you fine gents can tell me how I can get a close-up view of a chart of Pt. Bonita in JPEG format, I will tell you of a little jaunt I took on Saturday called "Double Handed Farallones Race". This one is a little complicated and I need to make a diagram. You don't always need a lot of wind to have a BFS. Sometimes all it takes is a light breeze, wicked current, about 30 boats, rocks, and a lee shore.
Last edited by GeorgeB; 03-30-2009 at 07:10 PM.