Originally Posted by Stillraining
I like this one.. And the view we would always see trying to keep up..
Actually, the sail trim is horrible in that photo
;-) It was taken off the coast of Venezuela
and we just rigged a brand new set of sails
and battens in Trinidad. If you look at the wrinkles you see that they end at the batten positions on the leech. I found the battens too stiff even though they were the same type as the old ones. I had them over-tensioned in an attempt to break them in somewhat. After some high wind
passages we got to Curacao
and I checked it all out again. They were indeed less stiff and for some I didn't even need to reduce tension. It was a lot of work because we have 13 full battens in total and you have to hoist/lower the sails
for every one so that you can adjust them.
This is how it looked after we left Aruba
, no wrinkles at the same wind
angle (click the photo
for a bigger one):
When you click it for the big photo, you can also clearly see the chafing patches for the spreaders for each reef position. In the lower sections, the seams are visible (all sails are tri-radial cut) and the huge reinforcements in the leech at the clew and reef positions (they almost touch each other).
You can even see me taking your picture... snap! got you!! ;-))