Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "Pleasant Sail Plan - Close Reaching Under Asymm And Stays'l"
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Pleasant Sail Plan - Close Reaching Under Asymm And Stays'l
I had a chance to spend three days sailing last weekend and it was lovely. South Florida this time of year is beautiful - warm afternoons, cool evenings, good winds - just fantastic.
On the second day we sailed off anchor in about 15kts, but it soon tuckered to around eight, so I got the asymmetric spinnaker up for a broad reach ten miles across the harbor, which was lovely. Once to the other end, I had planned to pull it down and go back to windward under super yankee, stays'l and main, but the wind was still real light. Out of curiosity, I kept the main down, but hoisted the stays'l, and tightened the asymm's luff, then headed up.
I had assumed the boat wouldn't be able to creep past 80 with any headway. Boy I was surprised to find that I was making good about 50* apparent at almost five knots under the asymm and stays'l alone. It seems that the stays'l was helping to create a fast slot on the spinnaker, driving the boat upwind. It was fantastic! And the asymm is a recut symmetric, to boot, so it's not even all that flat!
Anyway, just thought I'd share that experience. I suggest messing with that setup some time if you're inclined. The main probably would've helped some in speed, but I couldn't get any higher without the chute collapsing.
A couple photos:
Close Reaching Asymm
Proof is in the windvane :)
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Last modified: 16 Mar 2011 12:49 PM | Aaron Norlund (Administrator)
Great photos. I noticed you have a 'stackpak' sailcover rigged for your main. I've 'built' one out of my old sail cover to try it out and use as a pattern if it works. So far I'm pleased with the functionality except under sail. When the main is lifted off the boom gallows I pick up a lot of slack in the sail cover and it flops around and billows out particulary near the aft end of the boom. Would you mind commenting on your experience and possibly posting a coupla pictures of how yours is rigged. Thanks.