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As the wind increases there are several steps that are taken to keep the wind from overpowering Golden Glow. These are listed below in a general order, however specific applications vary. These wind increase procedures are a general guideline, specific conditions can create exceptions and it is the watch lead who has the responsibility to keep the sails appropriately configured.
The general rule is:
We have furling on main, Genoa, and Screecher. Reefing is simple so do it early. Furling is more difficult when the winds are on the heavier side for a sail. The roller furlings on the main, genoa and screecher all can be over powered by increased wind, so in high winds lessen the load on these prior to furling. This can be done by letting out the boom, pulling into the wind and allowing luff in the area of the sail closest to the furler. There is a balance between the proper luff and allowing the whole sale to whip, a whipping sail can damage the sail and in the case of genoa and screecher, the whipping sheets can break a wrist in high winds. Because the main is in mast furled, the full main is like a half reefed non-rolling furled main. It is smaller in area.
Refer to the sail plan guidelines based on true wind direction and true wind speed for maximum wind and TWA for each sail configuration.
Remember that failure to change sail in time can cost several thousands of dollars for a damaged sail. A reef in time will extend the life of sails.
Here are the general wind increase procedure steps for Golden Glow:
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