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  • Sail Care and Servicing for Your Sails | UK Sail Experts
    Class 8 J80 Cadet Asymmetric Spinnaker Used Sails News Contact Professional sail care Sail Care Service and Wash Westaway Sails enjoys an enviable reputation for high quality repairs alterations and maintenance to all types of sails so whatever your requirements for service and valet the loft team has the knowledge and expertise to provide advice and help read more Repairs Recut Periodic maintenance is essential if you wish to maintain the performance of your sails If your sails are too full or if the leech on your genoa or spinnaker flutters or if you can no longer point to windward as well as you used to read more Drop Off Locations Arrangements have made with several organisations in the South West so that you can drop off your sails for repair or service by Westaway Sails at a location convenient to you and your sails will be returned for you to pick them up at the same place read more Sunstrips Direct sunlight is possibly the worst sail enemy causing the breakdown of the cloth new sails can lose up to 50 per cent of their strength if exposed to too much UV light and for older cloth the effect

    Original URL path: http://www.westawaysails.co.uk/sail-care/ (2016-02-11)
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  • South West Sail Drop-off Locations | UK Sail Repairs
    South West so that you can drop off your sails for repair or service by Westaway Sails at a location convenient to you and your sails will be returned for you to pick them up at the same place In several of these locations you will find a highly visible locker for you to deposit and collect your sails Please telephone us 01752 892560 for the current combination for the

    Original URL path: http://www.westawaysails.co.uk/sail-care/drop-off-locations/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Sail Service and Sail Washing | UK Sailmaker Experts
    and help One of the first jobs is to wash the sails in order to remove salt and dirt as salt attracts moisture which encourages the growth of mildew Salt crystals also damage stitching on seams and edgings If your sails do have mildew on them it should be treated at the earliest opportunity otherwise it will spread but care should be taken on choosing the mildew remover as many will cause more damage to the sails Westaway Sails uses a fungicide which will not harm your sails Laminate racing sails can be washed flat to help eliminate shrinkage and prolong the racing condition of your sails After the sails have been washed they are given a thorough inspection by hand and any repairs marked and carried out so by using our service you can be assured your sails will be ready for you to enjoy the start of the new season Drop off points are available throughout the South West all you have to do is let us know when you re dropping off your sails and when you want them back and we ll do the rest Winter Service All our canvas products are manufactured from this high

    Original URL path: http://www.westawaysails.co.uk/sail-care/sail-service-and-wash/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Sail Repairs and Sail Recut Devon | UK Sailmaker Repairs
    the leech on your genoa or spinnaker flutters or if you can no longer point to windward as well as you used to you may need to get your sails re cut Westaway Sails can often alter adapt or re cut ageing sails to improve and prolong the performance as well as the longevity of your sails so why not contact us for more details If your sails need a

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  • Preserve Your Sails with Sunstrips | UK Sailmaker Sunstrips
    possibly the worst sail enemy causing the breakdown of the cloth new sails can lose up to 50 per cent of their strength if exposed to too much UV light and for older cloth the effect can be even worse It is therefore important to protect your sails as much as possible when they are not in use Westaway Sails can fit your roller furling headsails with sacrificial strips of

    Original URL path: http://www.westawaysails.co.uk/sail-care/sail-yacht-sunstrips/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Setting Your Sails Correctly | Sail Advice and Sailing Help
    As the wind increases the draft must be held forward in the sail by increasing halyard and Cunningham tension Excess weather helm can be reduced by dropping the main traveller or by easing sheet It is essential that the trimmer and helmsman maintain a dialogue so that the leach is tight enough for good pointing while not demanding excess helm Good steering is a partnership Genoa The shape required of the genoa is similar to the main but with a slightly more rounded luff This is achieved and maintained by adjustment of the luff leach and foot tensions Increase halyard tension just sufficient to move fullness forward to 45 More luff tension forms a knuckled luff for lower pointing and higher speed Kevlar carbon sails do not require as much halyard movement If the wind increases progressively increase backstay or runner tension We fit three sets of telltales The middle set should lie as shown with the windward one lifting frequently and the leeward one streaming When too close to the wind the windward one rotates fully stalled leeward one streaming When too far off the wind the windward one is streamlined whilst the leeward one is stalled To find the correct genoa sheet lead position Trim the genoa in for beating ask the helm to sail up gradually to just above close hauled Observe which telltale lifts first If it is the lowest telltale move the lead aft if it is the top telltale move the lead forward When they all lift simultaneously you have it right When over pressed the sail should be flattened and twisted off to depower moving the lead aft Leach lines on mainsail and genoas should be tensioned just enough to prevent flutter and should be adjusted to suit the conditions Fast sails need

    Original URL path: http://www.westawaysails.co.uk/sail-setting/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Melges 24 Tuning Guide | UK Sailmaker Experts
    except in extremely windy conditions to have the middle of the mast bending to windward The chart shows the settings on the upper and lower shrouds that we have found to be fast Wind Speed Kts Upper Tension Lower Sag 0 8 Light Loos 12 Loos 6 turns from base 1 leeward sag loosen 3 turns from base 8 13 Lt Medium Base Loos 18 Base 1 2 leeward sag Base 13 18 Medium Heavy Loos 24 tighten 6 turns from base No sag straight tighten3 turns from base 18 Heavy Loos 30 32 tighten 12 turns from base No sag straight tighten 6 turns from base As you can see from the chart we want to get to a point where we are adjusting in full turns The chart you build for your boat may vary slightly on the number of full turns on or off to achieve maximum performance After you have set up the uppers to the correct wind speed sail the boat on both tacks checking the mast sag side to side and adjusting the lowers according to the wind speed After you have sailed the boat a while you can create a chart of the shroud tensions and the number of turns needed to be put on or taken off the shrouds for each significant change of wind speed Note that in heavy seas you will want to err a little bit on the light side for more power and in flat water you can err a little bit on the tight side While class rules allow you to adjust your shrouds anytime during a race we like to set the boat up for the lightest wind speed we expect to see on the first beat then if the wind speed changes significantly during a leg we adjust our shroud according to our chart Having a base setting using your light medium numbers is a good way to leave the dock each day for the races It is easy to spin up and down from there Develop this habit and you will find tuning the rig is not such a mystery but actually rather simple Sail Trim Mainsail Like other boats main trim on the Melges 24 is keyed off the end of the top batten In light to moderate air we trim the main so that the telltale on the bop batten is stalled about 25 of the time As the wind increases the telltale will fly all the time In light to moderate air the back end of the top batten should be parallel to the centreline on the boat In heavy air it will be pointed out about 5 degrees Don t forget that mainsheet tension is how you tension your forestay which directly effects your pointing ability There is a fine line on having enough tension for good pointing ability and over trimming the main Over trimming of mainsails usually occurs in light air Jib Trim Because the jib on the

    Original URL path: http://www.westawaysails.co.uk/sail-setting/melges-24-tuning-guide/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Impala Tuning Guide | UK Sailmaker Experts
    and different styles of trim in differing conditions Westaway Sails can provide fully developed fast sails complete with a tuning guide to help set the boat up for light medium and strong winds In all classes including the Impala the preparation of the hull is fundamental to the performance of the boat a smooth and fair hull will be faster than a poor finish The hull keel and rudder need to be faired as well as possible This will require sanding filling and fairing the bumps and blemishes Most Impala hulls are quite fair but be warned the keels are not especially the joins between keel and hull Finally the hull needs to be as smooth as possible Strip all unnecessary weight out of the boat Excess weight is only of use in a steam roller Light Winds Impalas are notoriously slow in light airs especially against newer design or IOR style boats Too little sail area too heavy for the wetted surface area All you can do about sail area is have new sails to the maximum sizes allowed in the rules It is worth noting that sails shrink with age especially laminate mylar fabrics so new sails are especially important in light airs Sails need twist in light airs The halyards on both Main and Genoa should be slack wrinkles out of the luff are fast The Genoa car should be well aft in very light airs The mainsheet traveller should be fully up to windward no vang on and the sheet eased so the boom is on the centre line The top of the Mainsail may be too full and a crease may come from the inboard end of the batten down the sail Try a little backstay this will flatten the top of the sail and

    Original URL path: http://www.westawaysails.co.uk/sail-setting/impala-tuning-guide/ (2016-02-11)
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