This thread (no punn intended) reminds me of last year's delivery
home for the winter, about an 80 mi trip. Early in the morning of our 1st day, in about 15 knots, I blew out the strapping on the jib
clew. Three straps stitched to the sail's clew ring had all worn through.
We really needed that sail! I remembered that in nearby Clinton, CT there's a canvas
shop, Custom Covers, right on the dock
at the Cedar Island Marina. I gave a quick call, they said they thought they could handle it, I changed course and was tied up there in about 45 minutes. My crew helped me pull the sail down and lug it up to the shop where the guys had it fixed with three new straps before I had time to make a sandwich. Those guys were terrific!
After setting sail and flying that genny for the next 8 hours, I couldn't help but think what a remarkable pit stop that was, and a really great stroke of good luck! Fixed and underway in no time at all!
As for the sail design, I think in the future I'd have a single
large grommet pressed into the sail for the clew instead of a ring with straps. That's what I recall
was the old fashioned way of doing things, and pretty darn fool proof.