It really depends on what kind of sails you have, since most laminate sails don't like being folded at all.
Assuming you have Dacron sails, what you should do is flake the sails—basically folding them in an accordian pleat, with the folds about 2-3' in length depending on the size of the sail, size of the sailbag and such. Start at the foot of the sail and keep the luff or the leech (luff for mainsails and leech for head sails)
basically lined up as you flake the sail. Then roll the sail from the clew to the tack.
This will leave the sail with the head, clew and tack easily accessible and easily identifiable. It will also allow you to bend on the sails fairly easily without much risk of fouling the sheets or halyards.
Put the rolled sail into a sail bag... and leave for the off season.
Hope this helps.
BTW, the way I flake the sails is to leave the foot of the sail pinned and then pull the sail down over the foot to flake it. This is far simpler than trying to move the foot of the sail.
Most laminate sails would prefer to be rolled loosely and stored in a nice tube...
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