GET THE FORE­CAST

Yachting World - - Practical -

Talk to the nav­i­ga­tor or who­ever is most clued up about the weather fore­cast for the race, so you know what con­di­tions to ex­pect at which point in the race. That way you can make sure the head­sails are stacked in the best or­der for what you’re ex­pect­ing to use first.

Make sure you can eas­ily iden­tify the sails. These days ev­ery sin­gle sail of­ten comes in a sim­i­lar bag; it’s the same shape, the same length, es­pe­cially on IRC boats when you’ve got five jibs, five kites, etc. So have all the bags and sails prop­erly marked for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

If you’ve looked at the fore­cast and you know the first day there’s no wind, then you can prob­a­bly put the heavy jib on the bot­tom. But if you know the first day is go­ing to be 30 knots, then put the light wind jib on the bot­tom.

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