I'm out on an extended solo-cruise around British Columbia's Gulf Islands, my first ever single-handing of my Searunner
37. Having a blast, and blogging about it at disengage.ca
if you're bored.
Of course, I've run into problems, which I basically expected - but one in particular was actually quite fortunate. I was running her as a sloop
, with my mainsail
and a big genoa
(I think maybe a 150? I wasn't told), but sometime during the third day of sailing, while burning along at 8.4kn I heard a pop and a spaaaang and looked up and the top third of the sail was flopping around powerless. I'd torn the grommet right out of the top of the sail! Apparently this is from too much halyard
tension, but I don't think it was *that* overtensioned - the sail is probably fifteen years old and coming apart at the seams anyway, so I'll attempt a repair but if it's new sail time, so be it.
Anyhow, this forced me to go back to what I thought was a storm sail, a much smaller sail in the ama locker that I'd tried out once but wasn't thrilled with. But when I combined this smaller sail with the staysail, she took off like a shot, right back up to 8.6kn, where she stayed for the rest of the day! Turns out what I thought was a smaller genoa
was in fact a yankee, and I haven't taken the 150 genoa back out since - I'm really loving the yankee/staysail/main combo!
So. My question regarding trim:
The yankee is tacked to the bow using the same 3' steel
cable the genoa was using, which leaves about 5' or 6' of unused forestay at the top. The staysail didn't have a steel
cable, so I've got an improvised nylon strap at the bottom, giving me about 3' from the deck
at the bottom and 2' from the mast
at the top of the sail.
What is the optimum configuration for a yankee+staysail? Should the yankee be much higher, allowing the staysail to take the "bottom" of the wind
? Or vice versa? Should both be approximately in the middle of the stays, as they are now?