Originally Posted by Hydra
I would not recommend straddling the bow in a seaway: this would cause being drenched when a wave rises up to the rail. I prefer to kneel on the sail.
On the boat I had 30 years ago, the genoa
was fitted with one-hand piston hanks: it was possible to open them by pulling a small tab with 2 fingers.
You will find that most Glenans instructors will ask trainees to straddle the bow and sit on the sail while changing headsails. You CAN get drenched, but hey, it's a watersport
. Good oilskins and boots help.
When my wife and I took our first Glenans course many years ago we were taught in this way. Another trainee on the boat observed that he now knew why the French called the genoa "le foc"; the technique of sitting on the sail while at the same time pulling the hanks up the sail caused him to repeat the word "foc " repeatedly during the procedure