Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Ripped my main today
So we were just playing around in the bay today. It was windy so I had just the main up, unreefed. I was somewhere in a close reach when I heard this tearing sound. I immediately looked up and the main and the bolt rope were separating at the foot, starting from the clew, and it was still tearing while I looked! Thank God the outhaul was on the clew really tight. If not, the entire sail would have converted into a big flapping flag in a matter of seconds.
Immediately I started the motor, put the boat into the wind, and dropped the main. The tear is about a foot long. It's an old sail that was on borrowed time anyway. I've been debating whether to replace it for a long time. Guess my debate has just been made easy!
Now, the real problem is that I'm scheduled to take some friends out for a sail tomorrow. So instead of canceling the trip, I think I'll just keep using the sail, reefed. The tear along the foot should not affect anything while the main is reefed... right?
P.S., what do you guys do with sails beyond repair? Is there a place to recycle them, or should I just throw it in the trash?