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Post: "Running Backstays For The Staysail?"

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Carl & Ruth

Just following this post and have a quick question. I have been experimenting with the running backstays on my new (to me) westsail 32.

I keep the running backstays secured when not in use just behind the most aft of the three stays mid ship. When I was using the running backstay I bring them further aft to a mounting point which is normally where I have the jib sheet pulley mounted. This is positioned between the cockpit and the three mid backstays.

My question is whether you would normally use both running backstays or only a single running backstay when going downwind. The reason for this question is that it appears when running downwind with both backstays deployed that the mainsail will rub against the running backstay on the side the mainsail is deployed. This would appear to put the mainsail under stress in stronger winds.

The only solution I have is to only use a single running backstay which is on the opposite side of the mainsail.

Can someone please educate me on the proper use of the running backstays as I can't seem to find anything in Bud's documentation or on the web which helps me with this.



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