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Numbers on Mainsail

I have seen Mains with a series of big numbers up towards the head on both sides. I know part of the sequence is the hull number. What about the rest?
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It may or may not be a hull #, If it is a smaller number usually 4 or less, it could very well be a hull number. If 5, like myself, it is given to that boat by the local rating place. It does happen my 5 digit number does have my hull#. but it is digit 1, 3 and 5! of the 5. ie 79104, hull umber is 714. Not all are like this.

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I have seen Mains with a series of big numbers up towards the head on both sides. I know part of the sequence is the hull number. What about the rest?
In Southern California (and, I suppose in other places) the numbers on the sails are often the PHRF registration number. Otherwise, the mainsail numbers or usually the model and hull number.
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Usually hull or sailing association number. In the case of one-design racing boats, this is usually the hull number used to identify the boat on the course. On regular boats, the assigned number for rating and racing. Both of my racers use hull numbers.

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So if i am going to get a new main for my Crealock 37 it would read PSC37141?
141 being the hull #.
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The purpose of Numbers on sails is to allow race committees and others to identify yachts from a distance. In the US, sail numbers are generally issued by US Sailing--the successor to the Yacht Racing Union ("USYRU"). If one competes in international events the sail numbers are preceded by the country identifier, e.g. US63475, indicating that the yacht is a US registry yacht registered with USYRU (now US Sailing) and given registry number 63475.

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Just do '141' on the Crealock main, hull #.
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So if i am going to get a new main for my Crealock 37 it would read PSC37141?
141 being the hull #.
If you're not racing, you don't need a sail number. If you are, check with your local phrf/US sailing office. They'll assign one to you. It'll live with the boat even after it changes hands. If you really want one, if you have Crealock 37 hull #15, then just use '15' on your sail.

In our case, our sail number bears no relationship to the boat, length, maker, color, etc.... it's just a number that was assigned 20 odd years ago.
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