Here's how Quantum says to do it:
Fold your Sails
The next important way to help keep your sails
in good order is to fold them carefully for storage
. Rolling your sails is the best way to prevent wrinkles and sharp bends in the fibers of the sailcloth. However, storing a sausage sail is a bit difficult. At the end of the season, take extra time to prepare your sails for storage
. Correct folding will take the work of 2 people- one person kneeling along the leech of the sail, and another along the luff.
First, remove all mainsail
battens from their batten pockets. Begin the folds, or flakes, along the foot, both on mainsails and genoas. Stretch the foot of the sail until all wrinkles disappear. Move toward the head
of the sail with each fold. While facing the center of the sail, place one knee on the foot of the sail and the other approximately 14 to 18 inches from the foot. This will vary with the size of the sail and the size you desire for the finished package.
Using your hand closest to the head
of the sail, grab the leech (or luff) at a point approximately the same distance as your intended fold. Lift
the material and pull it toward the foot of the sail placing it on top of the first fold and stretching it away from the center to remove any wrinkles.
Move your kneeling position toward the center of the sail, trying not to kneel on the fold areas, to prepare for the next fold. Place one knee along the foot of the sail and the order to hold the folded
portion from sliding. With each successive fold your kneeling position will move forward toward the center as the sail material gets narrower with each fold. Gently lay each fold on top of the previous folds without creasing the material. Sails with plastic windows need special attentions. Plan your folds so plastic windows lie flat in the center of a fold. Do not allow the plastic windows to be positioned along the middle of a crease. In cold weather
, the plastic will become stiff and possibly brittle. It is likely to split when unfolding in the spring. On each plastic window, sprinkle a small amount of talcum powder to prevent the plastic window from sticking to the sail while folded. Continue this same folding procedure until the entire sail is flaked.
Finish by returning to the original positions at the tack and clew. Fold the flaked sail toward the center to create a bricklike shape.
Jibs and Genoas
Jibs and genoas are folded in the same manner with one exception. When the entire sail is spread out and before flaking has begun, place the head of the sail on top of the tack. This will quickly reduce the size of the sail by one half. Then continue with the flaking process. The person folding at the luff side of the sail can remain in place while the person folding the leech moves toward the center of the sail with each fold. The advantage is that you will have both the head and tack exposed when it is time to install the sail in the spring. Simply attach the halyard
to the head and attach the tack to the deck
fitting on the bow. All jib hanks will be exposed and ready for attachment to the forestay. If the sail is being fed into a roller-furling slot, the bolt rope
will be ready and accessible.