Brand new sailer here.
Went out on the boat
for my first sail EVER today, and I believe there is something amiss with the attachment of the mainsail
to the mast
, and I don't know how to fix it.
I have an '83 Oday 22' sailboat. The mainsail
is attached to the mast
utilizing slugs that slip into a groove in the mast. These slugs are attached to the sail via "slug clip" thingies.. ( c'mon.. I'm trying my best here!!) that loop through grommets in the luft side of the sail. Nothing fancy.
The problem is.. the first 18-24" of the sail (the head) is not attached in anyway to the mast. it does have a grommet on the very top of the head
that the halyard
is attached to, but there is no grommet or slug clip for attachment to the mast anywhere near the top. It seems to do ok whilst under sail. But when I lowered the sail, as I was bringing it in.. the head
of the sail (and halyard) was flopping and blowing all over the place. And once the sail was completely down, the head of the sail was not secured in any way. I had to partially raise the mainsail (about 2-3') in order to tighten the sail and halyard
enough so that things didn't flop about.
Does this sound normal?
Why wouldn't there be a grommet near the top for a "slug clip"?
Could a top "slug clip" have been attached differently there than elsewhere on the sail, and have come off somehow?
Any idea what I should do about it?
I appreciate any help.. as I've said.. I'm a fledgling here... and really not sure if I even have a problem..