We’re tired of being slow!
We have officially had enough of being passed, and then teased, by monohullers. In fact, we are ready to live up to our Pretty Damn Quick moniker! Yesterday Rebecca and I decided to let the Big Dog, our Genoa*, come out to play. This sail, a 150% Genoa, is HUGE when compared to our small, self-tacking jib. It will give us a lot more drive but will also require Rebecca and I to be more on our game as it will actually take a bit of work to tack the boat.
We have never put this sail up before and we enjoyed the process so much, we decided to do it twice yesterday. Seriously, I had remembered that David, our boat’s previous owner, had told me something about needing lots of line on the furling drum. Unfortunately I guessed the wrong way and took it off the drum before raising the sail. This resulted in us not being able to roll it up once it was raised. So, down it came and the process was repeated with the drum set up properly. It’s good to practice. 🙂
Fixing the little sail-guide-thingy on the furling drum.
A perfect morning to change sails… very light winds!
The sheets are temporarily tied off to that cleat as we had yet to rig the blocks for them.
Definition of a Genoa for the nautically curious (Source wiki):
“The term genoa is often used somewhat interchangeably with jib, but technically there is a clear delineation. A jib is no larger than the foretriangle, which is the triangular area formed by the mast, deck or bowsprit, and forestay. A genoa is larger, with the leech going past the mast and overlapping the mainsail. To maximize sail area the foot of the sail is generally parallel and very close to the deck when close hauled. Genoas are categorized by the percentage of overlap. This is calculated by looking at the distance along a perpendicular line from the luff of the genoa to the clew, called the LP (for “luff perpendicular”). A 150% genoa would have an LP 50% larger than the foretriangle length.”
A jib, left, compared to a roughly 110% genoa, right. The foretriangle is outlined in red.
The sail we really want to break out this season, when the conditions allow it, is our spinnaker. Our friends on Pirate Jenny said that they want to try their spinnaker too. We might just help crew on each other’s boats, just to have a few extra hands when we give them a whirl.