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Ten Ways to Add Life to Your Costly Sails

Keep your expensive mainsail and Genoa or headsail in shape all sailing season long. Save big $$$s and enjoy stress-free day sailing, cruising, racing, or voyaging. Put these money-saving tips into play aboard your sailboat today.

1. Select a Soft "Cruising Hand" Cloth.
Use a softer sailcloth for cruising sails. It's easier to raise, lower, reef, or bag a sail with a softer hand. Indeed, you can even feel the difference. Heavier resin coated sails or those made with mylar break down faster and are less tolerant to the abuse sails take in the cruising environment. Choose a soft hand sail for cruising to save wear and tear once you cast off.

2. Use this Sail-Thread Secret.
Did you know that darker colored sail threads will last longer than white in UV light? This applies to all products exposed to sunlight: sails, Bimini tops, dodgers, enclosures. Save some big $$$s and headaches from the get-go. Order your next sail with sunlight resistant thread that can tolerate the sun

3. Choose a Dark Colored Mainsail Cover.
Compare your mainsail cover to the sacrificial leech cover sewn along the foot and leech of a furling sail. Your sailmaker uses a dark color for a reason. Follow that same philosophy the next time you order a sail cover (or better still, save big bucks by making your own). Choose dark blue, dark green, maroon, or even black over lighter colors.

4. Install Leech Lines for Longer Sail Life.
What's the #1 enemy of any sail aboard any boat sailing on any body of water anywhere in the world? Flogging. It wins hands down. Sure, there may be times when you have to allow a sail to flog a bit--i.e. intentional feathering, or "cracking the mainsheet" in gusts to keep the boat on her feet. But in general, flogging is a sail-killer. Tension the leech line just enough to stop leech flutter. This will add lots of life to this unsupported sail edge.

5. Beef Up the High-Loaded Sail Clew.
If you intend to sail coastal or offshore, beef up the clew area. No other sail corner works as hard every moment you are under sail. Sheets, mainsheets, and winches impose hundreds of pounds of load onto the clew of a sail. Ask your sailmaker to add extra patch protection to keep this workhorse sail-corner in great shape throughout your cruise or voyage.

6. Consider the "Battenless" Mainsail.
I've never sailed with a battenless mainsail, but it makes good sea-sense to have one aboard for long distance cruising. Keep your traditional mainsail and add a main without battens. Haven Collins, a New Zealand sailmaker, says that "Eliminating battens can increase your sail's life by up to 50 percent".

Indeed, I have long been an advocate of shorter, traditional battens. Full-length battens may be popular and hold a sail shape longer, but they do add complexity, weight, and higher loads at the luff. Talk to your sailmaker about the pros and cons of a battenless main for long-distance cruising.

7. Over-sheet the Headsail When Cruising.
Want to better protect the wire boltrope inside the luff of your furling Genoa? Vibration along the stay and luff of your sail can cause excessive wear. This applies to hank-on jibs and staysails too. Use a sailing secret from veteran blue-water sailors. Over trim your headsail just an inch or two when sailing long distances along the coast or offshore. This will reduce chafe along the leading edge of your sails.

8. Replace Your Furling Cover Often.
Did you know that sun, wind, spray, salt air and dampness attack your furling Genoa's sacrificial leech and foot covers? This happens 24/7; 365. Look for worn or threadbare areas. This indicates that your cover has lost its ability to protect the delicate sailcloth beneath. Ask your sailmaker to replace the covers at the first sign of deterioration. This small investment could save you from an expensive sail replacement down the road.

9. Prep for Storms In port with this Simple Step.
Have you ever walked through a marina after a hurricane? You can bet you'll see furling sails that look like shredded Swiss cheese. If a storm's on the way and you need to leave your boat in a marina, take action now. Strip your boat of her furling Genoa, Dodger, mainsail and main cover, Bimini tops, and any other exposed boat canvas. Fold it, bag it, and take it with you. Invest a bit of time and sweat-equity now to save on expensive replacement costs later.

10. Wash Your Sails with Fresh Water.
Keep salt and dirt particles from chafing sail seams. Remove mainsails once a year. Bathe them in a mild soap and water solution; then rinse with fresh water. Remove headsails twice a year and wash as described above. This keeps stitching strong and pliable. Need to remove mold spores, mildew, rust, ink, blood, or adhesive numbers and decals? Check with your sailmaker to know which cleaners or solvents are safe to use for these tasks.

Follow these ten sea-tested sailing tips to extend the life of your sails this sailing season. This will keep sailing costs under control for less stress and more fun--wherever you choose to sail or cruise.


Marina Recipe - Butternut Squash Skillet Lasagna

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook for 1 hour

4 cup chopped parsley
2 tbsp
6 whole wheat lasagna noodles, broken into thirds
4 cups cubed, 1-inch butternut squash
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken or veggie stock
1 sweet onion, diced
2 tbsp freshly chopped sage
1 lb ground chicken breast
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp flour
2 cups low-fat milk
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
6 ozs mozzarella cheese, sliced into rounds
2 tbsp panko bread crumbs
fresh sage leaves for topping

Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, then add in squash with 1/4 teaspoon salt, the pepper and the nutmeg. Stir to coat well and add in 1/3 cup stock. Cover and cook until softened, about 10-12 minutes. Once soft, remove squash with a large spoon (and any extra stock, though most of it will cook away) and place in a bowl. Mash well with a potato mashed or fork.

At this time, prepare the water for the pasta and boil according to directions, shaving a minute or 2 off the time since you will cook the pasta more in the oven. While water is boil/pasta is cooking, continue with the rest of the recipe.

With the skillet still hot, add in the other tablespoon of olive oil, then toss in onion with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Still well to coat, cooking for 2-3 minutes until slightly soft, then add in ground chicken with remaining salt to season. Break apart the chicken using a wooden spoon, continuing to do so as it cooks so it is in small bits. Cook until golden and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Once cooked, remove chicken and onions (if a few remain it’s fine) and place in a smaller bowl.

With the skillet still hot, add in butter and once it sizzles, whisk in flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes until golden and nutty, then add in milk, stirring constantly. Continue to stir and one it begins to thicken and bubble on the sides, whisk in mascarpone and parmesan with a pinch of nutmeg, turning the heat down to low. At this time, add the mashed butternut squash back into the milk mixture and whisk to combine. It will probably be very, very thick so add in additional stock, beginning with 1/4 cup, stirring until it is just a bit thinner. Note: it will still be pretty thick! Use your judgement and add a little more if needed. You can also taste the "sauce" here and season more if desired.

Add in the chicken/onion mixture and slowly add the lasagna noodles, strategically placing them if needed. I took a few seconds and pushed mine around/separated them just to spread them throughout the skillet. Top with sliced mozzarella, panko and sage leaves. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is golden. Serve immediately. This reheats fairly well, but you must add some liquid and do some stirring as you go!

Weathering a Squall
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Pollsters tell us that the most popular topic of conversation is the weather, and why not!? It certainly has been keeping us on our toes.

We've written a lot about weather and seamanship, and this is true in all seasons, it is the localized squall that is more likely to catch us off guard than a widely heralded storm. Being well into the hurricane season, I doubt that Mother Nature is done challenging us. This column is about that.

The Squall: In 2000, the actor, Jeff Bridges, starred in the movie "White Squall" as Captain Christopher Sheldon, the skipper of the good ship Albatross. His mission was to teach a group of high school boys the way of the sea and of life – and a white squall provided the medium. The portrayal of the effects of a squall was actually very well done with respect to realism – having been in one or two over the decades.

But what causes these furious fists of wind and water to appear, often on an otherwise lovely day? To start, a squall appears so well formed since it is essentially a block of wet, cold air that has dropped down from higher altitudes like an aeronautical rock. A warm upwelling of moist air rises into the colder altitudes and mixes with the cold upper air and immediately tips over and comes back to earth – at speed.

This can happen anytime of the day but tends to accelerate in the evenings when the temperature gradients can be the greatest. As the downdraft hits the surface, it spreads out like a spilt glass of milk hitting the kitchen floor. But while the milk has the theoretical possibility of spreading out equally in all directions, not so with our aeronautical rock that has just hit the surface. The squall will mix with the surface winds and will also be affected by the rotation of the Earth itself.

In the northern latitudes, unless there are strong surface winds at play, the squall will have a right shift – and the wind in front of it will be the strongest. In fact, this tends to create more squalls as the leading edge of the cold air forces more warm, moist surface air upwards – like a rock dropped in the water will cause a splash upwards and outwards.

This effect creates "cells" of squalls that can roll in in tandem. When you feel the wind pick up and the temperature drop, this is the leading edge of a squall and, if one just went through, this one could be worse as the winds between the leading edge of a new squall and the trailing edge of the older squall can really get compacted – and hence more powerful.

What to Do? A squall's strength, size and direction determine in large part what you can do. They tend to travel around 15 knots and they are dark and brooding, even at a distance. I've been in situations where they showed up so solidly on radar that I thought we were approaching an uncharted island! But how do you judge their power at a distance and start to formulate a plan? First, if you see lightning, it is a strong one. Secondly, the taller the cloud, the more powerful the squall. If you are out at night and you start to see the stars go out towards the horizon and the process continues towards you, batten down the hatches.

As they get closer, you can start to judge the strength by the rain image below them. If the rain (looks like gray or black "cotton candy" hanging down from the cloud) is falling straight down or just slightly articulated, no or low winds. It is just a gentle rain storm. If the lines are at a sharp angle, tie everything down. Sometimes the area under looks "smoky" and that means a lot of rain and a lot of wind. Anything else tends not to be much of an issue.

There is an old sailing bromide to recall – "when rain comes before the wind, halyards, sheets and braces mind / but when wind comes before the rain, soon you make sail again." If the wind comes before the rain, the rain is marking the end of the squall. But if the rain comes first, it is being pushed from astern.

Sail boaters have one option that motorized boats can't often avail themselves of. A sailor doesn't have to worry about running out of fuel. So, he can head out to sea and try to get behind the squall which definitely wants to run northerly and easterly (what we call a "sou'wester" since "winds are known from whence they blow, currents are known by where they flow.") With fuel a consideration, you might not feel it prudent to head further out to sea to get behind the squall. Things to consider then:

  1. Can you run before the squall without a fear of "pitch-poling" (being driven down the face of a wave by the storm and "going over the handlebars" when the bow plows into the bottom of the trough)?

  2. Is there enough anchor rode aboard relative to the depth of the surrounding waters so you can drop the anchor and essentially hove to?

  3. Are you close enough to port to put in?
    #3 is obviously preferred. The fish will be waiting for when you get back. And, lastly, don't be bashful about using your radio. The USCG is semper paratus – always ready!

BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you "get in this thing"!

Commodore Pica is District Directorate Chief; Strategy & Innovation; First Coast Guard District, Southern Region USCGAux. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain.

Sailing to Mexico With the Baja Ha-Ha
Registration is now open to sign up for the Baja Ha-Ha, which is a two-week cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, The rally will sail over the dates of November 3 - 16, 2019. For more information on the race visit their website.

2019 Baja Ha-Ha Schedule
Saturday, October 26th, Noon - 4:00pm
Ha-Ha Welcome to San Diego Party

Sunday, November 3rd, 9:00am - 10:00am
Skipper check-in at Rally Headquarters inside West Marine. Online Skipper and Crew Waivers will be confirmed and communication device set up will be verified. If everything checks out your tickets for swag and skipper and first mate tune-up dinner will be distributed. Last-minute crew changes will be accepted. If your Skipper and Crew Waivers aren't complete prior to the start, you can apply for reinstatement at Turtle Bay.

Sunday, November 3rd, 10:00am
Mandatory Skippers' Meeting at the West Marine Parking Lot. Rally Instructions will be handed out and questions answered. The Skipper or representative only, please.

Sunday, November 3rd, 1:00pm
The Annual Ha-Ha Kick-Off Costume Party and BBQ in the West Marine parking lot. Co-hosted by West Marine and Mexico Tourism. Come in costume! Skipper and first mate get t-shirts, hat, tote bag and other souvenirs, as well as a free "tune-up" dinner.

Monday, November 4th, 11:00am
Start of Leg One for all boats off Coronado Roads.

Thursday, November 7th, 3:00pm
The famous, Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers versus Mexicans baseball game at Turtle Bay. Evening: Restaurant hopping, such as it is, in Turtle Bay.

Friday, November 8th, 1:00pm
Famous Turtle Bay Beach Picnic Party until sundown. Bring all your gear. Hot dogs will be sold for charity. Beer and maybe other food for sale by locals. Be careful landing your dinghy – you don't want to be dumped and have your outboard chop you up!

Saturday, November 9th, 9:00am
Start of Leg Two to Bahia Santa Maria.

Monday, November 11th
'Bahia Santa Maria Day' – a lazy layday meant for relaxing and exploring the Bay.

Tuesday, November 12th
Hiking, beach walking, sports and the annual Rock 'n Roll Beach Party, sponsored by the local fisherfolk. A surreal scene set on a bluff overlooking the bay with food and beer for sale by locals. Subject to surf conditions.

Thursday, November 14th, 7:00am
Start of Leg Three from Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas.

Friday, November 15th, 8:00pm
'Can't Believe We Cheated Death Again' dance and party madness for the young at heart at Squid Roe until the last body falls. Optional.

Saturday, November 16th, 6:00pm
Awards Presentations hosted by Marina Cabo San Lucas adjacent to the fabulous launch ramp in Cabo. Free soft drinks and beer.

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