Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New England USA
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Headstay sag is a function of the backstay tention, not the halyard tension. You need a backstay adjuster. if you don''t have one, RUN don''t walk to the nearest chandlery and get on installed.
If you have more sag now than you used to, the installer of your furling system my have missed the boat as far as headstay length is concerned. The slightest increase in overall length would have this affect. You may be able to shorten it, this would require refitting the norseman fitting, not a big job but something you should let an experienced rigger do if you are not comfortable with it.
The backstay adjuster will help with a properly tuned rig, but if your headstay is too long, you will end up with excessive backward rake on your mast.
I use a Furlex, which allows me to remove the drum for racing, leaving me with two aft facing slots. I like the fact that it is aluminum, vs the tuff luff plastic. I have been on boats that have had the jib pull out of the groove, once it has been damaged on the T/L system.
If this is your first year racing, do you mean on this boat? Do you have racing experience before this first year? If this is truly your first year racing, don''t spend a ton of money on new toys and stuff, gain some knowledge and put some racing miles under your keel. It could be that the other racers in your fleet have more racing smarts, it takes time. It will also take time to learn what your boat can, and can''t do on a race course.
You could run out, drop $250k+++ on a new Seaquest 36, have the fastest boat (on paper) but not know what side of the course to put her on, how to tune the rig, how to fine tune the sails, and STILL lose the race. I can go out with my 30yo boat, with old sails, and wax the fannies of quite a few boats that are worth 10 times what I have into her, but my 40 years of racing and sailing make up for a whole lot!