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Test Sail

31 March 2011 | Toronto, Canada
Yesterday had pleasant, light winds, which were good for testing the yankee jib (the big, high sail at the front of the boat). The stay (wire) that the yankee jib is on has been moved inboard about 1m (3'). More on this later. Now both jibs are almost side-by-side.

So far, it looks like the yankee jib is setting well enough, and there don't seem to be any problems tacking. The sail can snag the spreaders now (because it goes farther back), but I can work around that with padding on the spreader tips. Next I need to test it in stronger winds to see if I really need to move the sheet lead aft or not--in light winds it seems fine where it is.

Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at
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