Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Genoa Leech line and interesting sail
Last night my wife and kids joined for an evening sail. We went to watch the wednesday night race fleet, have dinner etc.
After we got the starting area we turned off the engine and sailed around waiting for the start. Then I noticed parts of the genoa leech line were hanging free of the sail. About 10 minutes later the entire leech line, from the head to the foot was free and blowing around. This was not good because a tack would either rip the line or worse, damage the spreader. Anyway I furled the sail when I had to tack.
Back at the mooring I unrolled the sail, lowered it, and cut it off of the head of the sail. My plan is to sail this year without the leech line and have the sail repaired over the winter. If the leech flutters badly I guess I will have to get the sail repaired sooner.
Is there anything wrong with that plan?
The sail (UK Halsey Passagemaker) was brand new in 2008. Am I missing something, or should the leech last longer than that? i think I'll call the loft to get their input.
Lastly, right after I noticed the leech line loose (say that three times fast!) we saw a football floating in the water. Perfect time for a MOB drill! I had one of the my kids keep an eye on the ball, the other one steered and my wife watched. I went below and got a net. Then we tacked and sailed back, completing the recovery under sail. If the ball were a person they would have survived!
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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