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Old 13-03-2013, 08:43   #1
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Backstay adjustment on course.

Hi there,

I have another "newbee" question for you: Do you guys use backstay adjustment in order to provide more/less lift on the main while on course, or is it something you just mess with at port? Iīve heard that one can even use that fine adjustment instead of going straight to reefing the main.



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Old 13-03-2013, 08:48   #2
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Re: Backstay adjustment on course.

The backstay is used to bend/unbend the mast. a short version, when sailing with the wind from aft - the backstay should be loosened to allow the sails to become fuller.

Beating up against the wind or on a beam reach the backstay is tightened to make the sails flatter and provide more tension on the front part of the sail.

Yes we do make these adjustments while sailing, not just in port.

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Re: Backstay adjustment on course.

Thanks Carstenb. I apreciate the explanation.
So far I have only sailed small daysailers for "extended time", and bigger boats only for a couple of hours near the beach after leaving the marina, so actually I have almost ZERO cruising experience, so thatīs why I never used it/knew about it (or maybe it just wasnīt the time to know about it until now ).

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Re: Backstay adjustment on course.

Mast head rig or fractional rig?
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Re: Backstay adjustment on course.

Hi perchance,

I was talking about a fractional rig.
Also been snooping around here in the forum and I found that you guys have already wrote quite a few stuff over this subject... so again Iīm sorry for my "urge" in getting answers...

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Re: Backstay adjustment on course.

The backstay adjuster along with the outhaul is a great way to power up or depower the main.
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