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Old 14-08-2011, 15:35   #1
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Storm Sailing

What does everyone do when they have wet sails? Everyone has bailed out on me as the next few days have possible rain. Most of the time I head back to the dock or drop sail and anchor till weather passes, but Ive come to terms that this will not always be an option and am determined to sail regardless of weather to a degree. I wouldnt venture out with lightning or severe weather mind you, but I need to start dealing with the elements as they come, not run for shelter if it can be avoided. Im not reckless by any means but as I stated before, shelter or anchor may not always be an option. So if I were to sail through rain, I know you are never to stow a sail while wet, but what if the rain has no end in sight? If you arent able to wait it out, then what? What do you guys do in that scenario?
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Old 14-08-2011, 20:17   #2
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Re: Storm Sailing

Im guessing no one has any issues with soaking wet sails...
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Old 14-08-2011, 21:08   #3
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Re: Storm Sailing

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Im guessing no one has any issues with soaking wet sails...
If you are on a long passage (longer than the rain) your sails will dry before you dock again. If you come in or furl while raining/wet, open them up and dry them out as soon as you have fair skies. Still, sails get wet all the time - furled jibs and mains under a cover get damp regardless. Make sure winds are calm and you're pointed into any wisp of a breeze if you air 'em out at the dock - don't want to sail into the dockhouse!

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Re: Storm Sailing

When I was sailing weekends, if I have to put them away wet on a Sunday night I try to come back in a day or two and let them dry for an hour or two. If that was not an option, I would usually leave the sail cover off for a day or two then come back and put it on.
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Re: Storm Sailing

Thanks guys. I always have the option of coming back the next day to let them air out, just a little uneasy about covering it wet. I agree they get damp when covered but that is different than saturated. I just dont see the point in waiting for fair skies and warm weather. Not that I havent sailed in foul weather, just havent dealt with a wet sail when it came time to stow.
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