Downwind Headsail

Hello Steve: We are the owners of Tera Nova which we have renamed Mango Tango. We are sailing her around the world and are currently in Malaysia at Port Dickson Marina. We plan to join the Raja Muda Regatta in November. We have done a complete refit since buying the boat in 1999. We added A/C and a generator, changed motors to a 110 HP Volvo, and repainted and many small changes including carbon fiber pole and electric halyard winch. We have averaged, since leaving on our trip, 195 miles per day when sailing. The boat is just terrific we just have not seen any boat as owner friendly, fast and comfortable. We would like to install an asymmetrical spinnaker and would like your advice on a bow sprit. Thank You.

Hi Terry: From my perspective, unless you want to sail very agressively, I would go with a roller furling cruising code 0 sail (with roach along the leech), and tack it to the end of the anchor roller. You can use one of these from about 50 apparent on down. At tight angles it will be better than an asym. kite, and of course way easier to fly. Only around 80/90 apparent will you take a hit on boat speed, and then not much. At deep angles I would fly it to leeward, perhaps sheeted through the end of the main boom, and then use the working jib on the pole to windward. One of the keu issues in the sail design would be making sure that in this condition the code 0 leech did not close off with the back side of the mainsail. Regards— Steve

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 1999)

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