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Storm Bag Exprience
Hi, I'd like to share my little experience with a Storm Bag sail.
I bougth a 6 square meter storm bag as a storm sail and after a few trials on how to deploy and best place to run sheet lines (in between lower shoruds for my Bavaria 36) I have kept it on board.
There are two good things about storm bag 1) Easy to deploy with limited activity at the bow 2) Performs very well at all angles, difficult to believe as it wraps around a furled genoa.
I used it twice. One time on a sailing afternoon for a few hours with 40 to 50 knots, not forecasted and deploing the storm bag made things very easy to deal with (instead of no sails or useless and dangerous partially rolled genoa). Second time on a passage Sardinia to Menorca with 25 knots true Northerly when during the night wind raised to 30 knots - deploing the storm bag was a bit early but not so as a safety action. It was not easy to go and be at the bow for the limited time and actions required to set the storm bag in place, big waves were not just due to the wind at location but 35+ knots were blowing above our route. With that experience I would not consider a good option any storm sail which could be more difficult to deploy than a storm bag. In am quite happy to know that the storm bag pack is there for when I need it. I think for a cruiser and max 250 miles passages a storm bag is OK, I am also considering to add a third reef for the main, as a necessary item, and believe that is how far I will go for my needs.