8 years on! How long should my EPEX sail last? We often get asked, especially by our cruising customers, what the benefits are of investing in laminate sails compared to Dacrons, and how well they last.
A week of cracking sea breezes!
From a slow start, the sailors had something of everything in this years tricky Fastnet Race.
Many congratuations to the Goodhew family on Peresphone who won the Sigma 38 Nationals last weekend.
Testing the Blue Water Runner
So we took it out in 20 knots and hit 9.2 knots boat speed with the Blue Water Runner downwind - just in Southampton Water. Then we took her out in 8 - 12 knots and were consistently getting 6 - 7 knots. And we overtook the Sunsail fleet!
Our tests showed just how easy it is to handle the sail. You can simply unfurl and peel both sails apart to goosewing downwind. No pole needed for the lighter airs. And you can use the end of the boom fitting to run the windward sheet through if you feel the need to pole one wing out. Changing mode is easy too. Furl the sail back up to close both wings together, then simply unfurl onto one side to set off on a broad reach - using the sail as Yankee. Or in light airs sail higher and use the sail as a Code 0.
We certainly impressed our guest on board, Mike Wallis a J122 owner an experienced racing skipper who also cruises with the family.
Mike came away saying; "With the mainsail fully furled, and at points of sailing up to 30° on either side of dead downwind, we were able to achieve speeds probably in excess of conventional goosewinging, and with the concern of an accidental mainsail gybe removed, in a very safe and relaxed manner. Changing to higher broad to beam reach sailing angles could be achieved in under 30 seconds by furling the two jibs together to allow the Velcro to attach the two clews, and then unfurling both on one side only. Overall, a simple, safe and worry free alternative for downwind sailing."
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Make your downwind sailing easy. Call Jeremy now on 02380 450 430
|Yankee mode - broad reaching||Downwind - goosewinging||Fully furled ready to deploy|
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Årets Big boat race i Marstrand ble som alltid en stor opplevelse for seilerne i de totalt 64 båtene på startlinjen. Topp regattaer i lett til medium vind på lørdag og noe friskere på søndag. 3 Race hver dag hvor det siste for dagen hadde målgang – publikumsvennlig, ved Strandverket inne i Marstrand.