Hi to all from Melbourne, Australia
- my first post.
I have a Gale Sail from ATN on my 10 m Seawind
. Other than test hoists in port, I have used it once in Bass Strait in winds of 30-35 knots, gusting to 40, for about 6 hours, with a triple reefed main. This is obviously not a full storm but I was very happy with its performance. I did not find it difficult to hoist but there is more friction than for a hanked-on jib
. It is important to furl the headsail tightly and smoothly, so that the Gale Sail hoists as easily as possible. I tie the headsail tightly with tape sail ties.
In the attached picture (where you can see how happy I was with the sail!), taken just before we dropped the Gale Sail as the wind
was easing, you can see that we removed the sheets
from the headsail and attached them to the Gale Sail. This was a pain and from now on I will have sheets
permanently attached to the Gale Sail (which is a requirement here if racing), and bring the headsail sheets down and tie them off at the base of the forestay. I would not wrap them around, as I suspect this would make hoisting the Gale Sail harder.
Later in the same trip, we had a gale of similar strength but gusting to 50 knots. We chose not to hoist the Gale Sail but to drop the main and have a small amount of the normal headsail unfurled. I would not do this again. The partly furled headsail set like a dog and did not give us the drive and control that the storm jib