Sail Selection and Repair Webmaster Sat, 03/21/2020 - 15:27
North Sails' Seadon Wijsen reviews the choice of sails that boats (small, medium, and large) will want to have (or leave behind!) on each of the legs of the FUN race to Hawaii, or even if you are just sailing down the coast.

Sailing Under Control as the Wind Increases

John Jourdane

SHIFTING GEARS – keeping the boat under control by the adjusting or changing sails

Monitor wind strength and sea state closely, and adjust sails according to changes in conditions as they occur. This keeps the boat sailing most efficiently, avoids heavy rolling, excess weather helm and heel and promotes crew confidence and comfort.

As the breeze freshens to the 11-to 16-knot range, you have various adjustments at hand to prevent overpowering before reefing or rolling in headsails:

Build a Better Offshore Inventory Administrator Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:06

The process of building a powerful sail inventory for distance racing is about having the sails that allow you to sail at the optimum angles when you need to.

It’s one of those perfect offshore nights: solid wind, easy swell, clear sky, and sheets eased on a headsail reach. The on-watch crew is active on the sail trim and you’re making gains on your competitor to leeward. Fast forward three hours into the watch. The navigator sticks his head up the companionway and asks, “What happened to the boat that was next to us?”

Sail Selection for the Pac Cup Administrator Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:53


Updated Chapter of Jim and Sue Corenman’s Pacific Cup Handbook

Symmetric or Asymmetric Spinnakers to Hawaii Administrator Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:53

The full article is attached as a pdf.  This is just the first two pages

by Kame Richards

Pacific Cup Sail Selection Administrator Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:53

Pacific Cup Sail Selection

Presented by Kame Richards / Pineapple Sails



Spinnakers by Kame Richards Administrator Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:53

by Kame Richards

[The following is an article which I wrote for the RACE GUIDE for the 1998 WEST MARINE PACIFIC CUP.]


The following is a list of suggestions on how to handle a spinnaker in the West Marine Pacific Cup race to Kaneohe. Keep in mind that spinnakers are fairly large sails, and are quite capable of dragging a sailboat a long distance, whether the boat is right side up or sideways!

Sail Repair Suggestions, by Synthia Petroka Administrator Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:53

Sail repair kit

General items

Sail Inventory Suggestions for San Francisco to Hawai’i Passage Administrator Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:53

by Synthia Petroka

What is your budget & expectations?

Minimum: Mainsail, #3, #1, .75 oz AP spinnaker

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