Had the little Shell Swifty 14 out today... Beautiful winds, 9 to 12 or so, maybe 14.
I ripped the sail.
It got caught running it up, and I didn't see it until I was out on the water
. Worked fine before launch. (I run the sail up once when rigging
for put-in, then run it down again, and run it back up just before pushing off from the boat dock
Once jammed, it didn't want to go up OR down. It's only me in the boat, and when I tried to let the boat point into the wind
so I could fix it, the boat wanted to turn off the wind
and backwind, or basically, blow over. In an effort to get it down, it just started to shred. About a 2' rip along the leech, (mast side), between lacing grommets, and then about a foot inward.
Sailing's out until I get it fixed or replaced. Doyle Sail is right down town, so I'll see what they say. But really, a bummer day!
I just wanted a break from several weeks of job hell, and staring at the computer doing a reply to an "interrogatory" for an accident
. Really P'd me off. Now I'm just sad.
Well, me and the pup got a walk at the river instead.
repairable? This looks like it may take a block of fabric
, not just a strip, and will require significant work on the leech hem. I'm crossing my fingers...